November 16, 2011 -- Mapping solutions caught the attention of senior politicians this year when Dotted Eyes Chairman, Jamie Justham, demonstrated how GIS techniques could help redraw the political map in response to recent legislation. Following his plenary speech on the subject at the AGI GeoCommunity ’11, Jamie will present a keynote speech at the AGI Cymru conference later this month.
From the current 650 Members of Parliament (MPs), 50 are due to be cut at the general election in Spring 2015. This means that around 85% of constituencies are likely to have new boundaries, which will transform the political landscape in terms of safe seats and marginal ballots.
When the Boundary Commissions published their initial proposals for England and Northern Ireland, there was criticism from members of the press that there was no single map of the UK in a user friendly format. Dotted Eyes created and released BoundaryMap™ free of charge for download at www.dottedeyes.com/boundarymap, using the Open Government licence.
Jamie’s keynote speech at AGI Cymru, on the 29th November at City Hall in Cardiff, is proving to be timely as Wales will be the final part of the UK to publish its initial proposal. Jamie will discuss what lessons can be learnt from other parts of the UK. He will also extend this discussion to show how GIS could assist in analysing the proposed changes to electoral registrations proposed in the new white paper.
Jamie Justham, CEO of Dotted Eyes, commented: “I am delighted to be asked to speak at the AGI Cymru annual conference, especially as it provides excellent timing for a sequel to my presentation at AGI GeoCommunities '11. Political boundary change is such a topical subject and it offers the perfect opportunity to catch the ear of senior politicians, especially as fifty seats of Members of Parliament will be disappearing. The legislation governing these boundary changes means that it is no easy task but digital mapping solutions enable it to be done more simply and consistently.”