The University of Nottingham, UK, is in the top 1% of the globe's universities (QS World University Rankings). It has over 40,000 students at campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia and over 5000 staff.
The lead for the Nottingham University contribution will come from the Nottingham Geospatial Institute (NGI). NGI is a world-leading cross-disciplinary research and teaching institute specialising in geospatial and location-based science and engineering. NGI has specific expertise in the areas of geospatial science, technology and standards, satellite positioning, remote sensing and spatial data infrastructures (SDI). Formed in 2011, NGI is the result of a merger between the Centre for Geospatial Science and the Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy. NGI is an active partner in UK, EU and international research programmes with a value in excess of €50m. Amongst many other positions, NGI currently provides the Chairmanship of the Open Geospatial Consortium (Europe) and the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories for Europe, the UK Science representative to EuroSDR and a member of Council of the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) and its Technical Committee.
NGI initiated and has since run the highly successful annual Open Source GIS Conferences, It is a founding partner together with the GIS and Remote Sensing Centre (University of Girona and OpenGeo of the Open Source Opportunities in GIS Summer School held since 2010 in Girona, Spain and in 2013 will host the international Free and Open Source FOSS4G conference.
The Nottingham contribution will be led by Professor Mike Jackson and Dr Didier Leibovici.