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Collaborative by Nature: Interoperable Geospatial Approaches to the Environment (#gecoenv)


Friday, 11 November 2011 from 11:15 to 15:00 (GMT)

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This event, hosted by the Welsh Government and arranged by the IGIBS ( and NatureLocator ( projects with support from GECO (, will provide an opportunity for participants to hear from experts in the public and academic sectors on the sharing of environment research and data.

The day will consider the EU INSPIRE Directive, the environment and environmental research with particular reference to experiences and needs within Wales, and the ways in which the public and academic sector can work together to benefit the environment. We want to provide a forum for discussion of how the academic sector can help realise some of the benefits of the INSPIRE related services that the Welsh Government is currently establishing: how can the public and academic sector work together to benefit the environment using geospatial interoperability tools?

The event is free to attend and the venue and catering has been generously provided by the Welsh Government. Places are strictly limited so please book early! The JISC GECO project will be liveblogging and amplifying the event so a record of the event will be accessible whether or not you are able to attend in person.



Please note that talks have been confirmed and final details of all speaker names will be updated over the next few weeks.

1115-1130 Arrive, registration, coffee

1130-1135 Welcome to day (Chris Higgins, IGIBS Project/EDINA)

1135-1145 Intro (Nicola Osborne, JISC GECO Project) 

1145-1210 INSPIRE and Wales (speaker TBA, Welsh Government)

1210-1235 NatureLocator (Dave Kilbey, University of Bristol) 

1235-1330 Lunch

1330-1355 Interoperable Geographic Information for Biosphere Reserves (Chris Higgins, EDINA)

1355-1420 Wales Environment Research Hub (speaker TBA, WERH)

1420-1445 Environment Systems (Steve Keyworth, Environment Systems)

1445-1500 Summary, conclusions (Nicola Osborne, JISC GECO Project)

Getting to the Venue

The Welsh Assembly Government Offices sit between Museum Avenue and King Edward VII Avenue, Cathays Park, with the entrance to the building just off King Edward VII Avenue near the front of the building. The building is part Cardiff's Civic Centre sitting close to Cardiff University, the National Museum of Wales, near to City Hall and a short walk from Cardiff Castle and pedestrianised city centre. The area is well signposted and well served by public transport.

By Train: The venue is a 25 minute walk from Cardiff Central, a 15 minute walk from Cardiff Queen Street, or a ten minute walk from Cathay's station.

By Bus: The area is well served by buses. The venue is a 25 minute walk from Cardiff's Central Bus Station. Full bus information can be found on the Cardiff Bus website:

By Car: Museum Avenue is just off the A4161 (named Boulevard de Nantes at this point). If you are approaching via the A470 you will want to turn onto A4161, or onto Colum Road from North Road.  There is no onsite parking although the building is surrounded by pay & display parking. Alternatively there is a multistory carpark near the New Theatre on Greyfriars Road a short (5 mins) walk away and further parking within easy walking distance throughout the city centre.



This event has been organised by the IGIBS (Interopable Geographic Information for Biosphere Study) project and the NatureLocator project.

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We would like to thank the Welsh Government for their assistance and support for this event.


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This event is also supported by the JISC GECO (the GeoSpatial Engagement & Community Outreach) project,  a JISC funded project based at EDINA.


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Do you have questions about Collaborative by Nature: Interoperable Geospatial Approaches to the Environment (#gecoenv)? Contact EDINA
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When & Where

Welsh Assembly Government Offices
Museum Avenue (Entrance on King Edward VII Avenue)
Cathays Park
CF10 3NQ Cardiff
United Kingdom

Friday, 11 November 2011 from 11:15 to 15:00 (GMT)

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