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Which foreign map organisations did OS visit last year for its study?

An interesting question by Caroline Spelman: where did Ordnance Survey staff go in 2008?

Why might that be interesting? Because OS did a study of free data and other funding models last year as part of the preparation of its own internal study on which model would be best for the future. Would it be a free data model, would it be full private, would it be pretty much like the one it has? You may be able to guess. (Or read Sir Rob Margett’s speech as I recorded it. Or watch the OS version of it – they chopped out the detail of his speech and his assertions about cost to the government.)

(Apparently there was a “brisk” question-and-answer session. My question about derived data didn’t make it into the video.)

Now here’s the document answering Ms Spelman’s question. I’ve highlighted a few answers in bold. Can you guess why?

And does anyone know what funding models the mapping agencies of Finland, Canada, New Zealand and Estonia (Estonia??) operate?

Plus – have I missed any? There is of course one country missing from that list which should have been visited but wasn’t. Interesting to know why…

Countries visited by Ordnance Survey staff in 2008 (original: http://www.parliament.uk/deposits/depositedpapers/2009/DEP2009-0350.doc)

Country

Destination

Purpose

Australia

Melbourne

Representing Ordnance Survey and United Kingdom at an international conference on geographic information

Austria

Graz

Participation in a technical working group on the INSPIRE Directive

Vienna

Participation in technical working group on the INSPIRE Directive

Vienna

UK Delegate to International Cartographic Association Conference

Vienna

Technical participation in Semantic Technology Conference

Vienna

Technical participation in European Semantic Technology Conference 2008

Bahrain

Bahrain

Keynote speech by Director General, representing UK at Middle East Survey Technology Conference

Belgium

Brussels

Participation in Geographic Information awareness event in the European Parliament

Brussels

Technical participation in Mercator print equipment User Group Conference, sharing best practice

Brussels

Technical participation on behalf of UK in European Parliament meeting on Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES)

Brussels

Technical meeting with European Commission

Brussels

Technical meeting with European Commission (Directorate on General Information Society and Media)

Brussels

Representing Ordnance Survey at European Centre for Public Affairs conference

Brussels

Technical meeting with team drafting the implementing rule for European Commission on the INSPIRE Directive

Brussels

Technical meeting with the UK Permanent Representation Team

Brussels

Technical meeting on the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS)

Brussels

Participation in EuroGeographics management meeting

Brussels

Technical participation in European Reference Framework Conference (EUREF) 2008

Brussels

Participation in European Public Sector Information (ePSI) conference

Canada

Toronto

Technical meeting with National Resources Canada

Vancouver

Technical meeting of Geographic Information Web Networks (Geoweb)

China

Beijing

UK Delegate to the International Society for Photogrammetric and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) conference.

Croatia

Dubrovnik

UK Representation (including presentation by Director General) at EuroGeographics General Assembly 2007

Denmark

Copenhagen

Technical participation in meeting on the INSPIRE Directive

Copenhagen

Technical participation in meeting of the International Standards Organisation Technical Committee (ISO TC211)

Eire

Dublin

Client visit Korec – supplier of surveying equipment

Dublin

Attendance at Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (Solace) conference

Shannon

Transit departure airport for return from Dublin conference

Estonia

Tallinn

Technical meeting with National Land Board ‚ exchanging best practice and fact finding.

Finland

Helsinki

Technical participation in meeting of the Business Interoperability Group of EuroGeographics

Helsinki

Technical meeting with Finnish Land Survey‚ exchanging best practice and fact finding.

Juankoski

Visit to supplier to discuss paper stocks for printing paper maps.

France

Paris

Representing Ordnance Survey at a EuroGeographics business meeting

Paris

Technical participation in meeting on the INSPIRE Directive

Paris

Representing Ordnance Survey at a EuroGeographics business meeting

Montpellier

UK Delegate to the International Cartographic Association Workshop on Generalisation and Multiple Representation, and the Spatial Data Handling (SDH) Conference.

Nice

Business and sales attendance at the International property trade Conference.

Germany

Berlin

Technical meeting with CityGML ‚ regarding the production of 3D City Models

Frankfurt

Technical participation in a EuroGeographics Business Interoperability Group meeting

Frankfurt

Sales attendance at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Hanover

Technical attendance at CeBit Conference – Information and Digital Technology

Friberg

Technical participation in the Spatial Cognition 2008 conference, including participation in a workshop designing maps for orientation.

Bonn

Technical and Business participation in an Open Geospatial Consortium meeting.

Bonn

Technical participation at a 3D Special Interest Group meeting at University of Bonn, supporting Ordnance Survey’s contribution to the creation of the CityGML data format.

Bremen

Technical participation in the Spatial Cognition 08 conference

Dusseldorf

Technical visit to the DRUPA printing equipment exhibition ‚ for fact finding.

Hamburg

Pan-European conference on Geographical Information related matters.

Stuttgart

Technical participation in a meeting of the pan-European EuroRoadS Project Management Board.

Hungary

Budapest

Technical attendance at international technology analysis “Canalys” Conference

India

Delhi

Technical visit to Supplier

Chennai

Technical visit to Supplier

Italy

Milan

Technical and business participation in a meeting of Open Geospatial Consortium Technical Committee

Catania

Technical participation in a working group on TRI-Partite multimedia Object Description (TRIPOD) at Cantinetta

Technical participation in International conference on knowledge engineering – EKAW

Japan

Tokyo

Technical presentation to the European / Japanese Conference on Information Modelling and knowledge bases

Latvia

Riga

Technical participation in a meeting on TRIPOD

Libya

Tripoli

UK Delegate and presentation by Director General on “Perspectives on the challenges facing the geospatial industry; a view from a National Mapping Agency”.

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Technical meeting with the European Commission (Directorate on General Information Society and Media on public sector information)

Luxembourg

Technical participation in a meeting of the European Commission on Geographic Information Systems

Luxembourg

Technical and sales participation in the “Apply Serious Gaming Conference” related to the use of high specification geographic information by the gaming industry.

Luxembourg

Technical participation in a meeting on TRIPOD

Luxembourg

Technical participation in an Ontology Web Language Experiences and Directions workshop

Malta

Valetta

Representing Ordnance Survey at EuroGeographics business meeting

Netherlands

Amsterdam

Technical participation in Urban Land Institute housing affordability seminar

Amsterdam

Representing the Ordnance Survey and the UK the Director General gave a keynote speech at GIN Congress

Amsterdam

Technical participation in Workflow and Production Management Technology Conference 08

Amsterdam

Airport for technical meeting on the development of the INSPIRE Directive at Hague

Delft

Technical participation at the 3d GeoInfo 2007 conference. Furthering expertise and knowledge of 3D data collection and systems.

Delft

Technical meeting on the INSPIRE Directive

Enschede

Technical participation in Data Quality Workshop at ITC, Enschede

Rotterdam

Research meeting with AND (Automotive Navigation Design) on use of Ordnance Survey data in navigation solutions.

New Zealand

Auckland

Representing the UK and Ordnance Survey at an international conference on conceptual modelling and to visit LINZ (Land Information New Zealand), the national mapping and cadastre agency of New Zealand.

Norway

Oslo

Technical Participation in meeting of Euro Spatial Data Research (SDR)

Poland

Warsaw

Representing the UK and Ordnance Survey, the Director General gave a keynote speech on geographic information and national decision making at Elblag Conference

Portugal

Lisbon

Representing Ordnance Survey at EuroGeographics business meeting

Romania

Bucharest

Representing the UK and Ordnance Survey, the Director General gave a keynote speech at EuroGeographics meeting

Sibiu

Representing Ordnance Survey at business Meeting

Slovenia

Maribor

Technical participation at conference on the INSPIRE Directive

Spain

Barcelona

Technical and business participation in Barcelona Euro SDR meeting

Barcelona

Technical participation and sharing of best practice in Photogrammetric Digital Camera user forum

Barcelona

Technical participation at 3GSM Congress

Madrid

Technical participation at meeting of ORCHESTRA – European collaborative research project on spatial data infrastructure

Madrid

A four month secondment to the Instituto Geogr√°fico Nacional (IGN) Spain to gain a better understanding of how Spatial Data Infrastructures can be implemented, both organisationally and technically. This was in return for a secondment of an IGN expert to Ordnance Survey in 2007.

Sweden

Norrköping

Technical participation in pan European technical project work associated with INSPIRE legislation

Norrköping

Technical participation in Mercator print equipment User Group Conference, sharing best practice

Stockholm

Technical participation at conference on the INSPIRE directive

Stockholm

UK delegate at Federation International des Geometries (FIG) Conference

Stockholm

Technical participation at Tobii Conference

Switzerland

Heerburg

Technical and business visit to Leica Geosystems

Zurich

Two visits to ETH Zurich University, one regarding the quality assurance of 3D buildings and attendance of a conference at ETH presenting Ordnance Survey work and best practice on the capture of 3D buildings.

USA

Baltimore

Technical participation and representation of Ordnance Survey at the Usability Professionals Association Conference

Boston

Technical participation at Vital Vision Conference

Chicago

Technical participation and sharing of best practice at Association for Manufacturing Excellence Conference

Denver

Technical participation at GI Science conference

Detroit

Technical participation in international conference in geographic information

Orlando

Sharing of best practice at Conference on SAP systems in Human Resource models

Salt Lake City

Technical participation in conference and workshops at GIScience 2008 ‚ sharing expertise of geographic information science and geographic information systems.

San Diego

Representing Ordnance Survey at BAE System user conference

San Diego

Technical participation at the ESRI conference on GIS and mapping software

San Francisco

Technical and business participation at the Oracle user conference

San Francisco

Technical and business participation at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Workshop

San Francisco

Technical and business participation at Where 2.0 Conference.

Savannah

Technical participation in discussions at ION GNSS 2008

Seattle

Technical meeting with Microsoft on the use of Ordnance Survey data.

St. Louis

Representing the UK and Ordnance Survey at Open Geospatial Consortium meeting

St. Louis

Representing the UK and Ordnance Survey, the Director General held a technical meeting with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

Washington

Technical participation in OWLED / Washington Workshop

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