School of GeoSciences

Edinburgh Earth Observatory (EEO) Seminars

A Seminar Series in GIS, Remote Sensing, and GeoInformatics organised by the Edinburgh Earth Observatory in conjunction with the AGI-Scotland


Next Seminar:

Friday 24th Jan 2020, 4.30pm

Shona Nicol

Head of Data Standards, Directorate for Digital, Scottish Government

Title: GI, EO and the Scottish  Public Sector

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About the speaker:

Now Head of Data Standards within the Directorate for Digital, and with work interests including Earth Observation and the burgeoning Scottish Space Sector, Shona was until recently the Head of the Geographical Information Science and Analysis Team (GI-SAT) in the Scottish Government Digital Directorate and sits on the Association of Geographic Information (AGI) Scotland Executive Committee. Shona worked in GI-SAT from 2001, firstly as a GIS Analyst, then Operations Manager and as Team Leader. The team provide a centre of excellence for geospatial data in the public sector, unlocking its value using geospatial and data science tools and techniques. Her primary responsibilities there included managing a number of collaborative data procurements - the One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA) with Ordnance Survey and a number other agreements for aerial photography, web services and addressing. Shona also has supported the various Scottish public sector geospatial groups in their role of promoting and developing the use of geospatial data in Scottish Government and in the wider public sector, and ensured that Scottish Ministers' obligations under the Inspire Directive are met and that the Scottish Spatial Data Infrastructure was delivered successfully.  Prior to joining GI-SAT, Shona studied at the University of Edinburgh obtaining an MSc in Geographical Information Science.


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