Speakers Bio & Abstract

Iain Langlands, FRICS GIS Manager
Glasgow City Council

BiographyIain Langlands is GIS Manager in Glasgow City Council, the UK’s largest single-tier Local Authority. He has tirelessly promoted the use of GIS as a valuable data and visualisation tool where “the map” is the start of an analytical journey and not, as it used to be, the end. Iain’s current projects include the re-provision of an IT architecture and hardware which will enable significant scalability in Glasgow’s GI capability, the integration of multi-platform data to facilitate “Big Data” analytics, policy & strategy scenario modelling and the provision of a dynamic and expanding central geospatial data bureau for the Council and its partners.

The innovative and award-winning “Future Cities: Glasgow” project was a catalyst for change in Glasgow, demonstrating and testing the value of Smart Cities initiatives in e.g. community engagement, policy development, location-based analytics, business transformation, social mobility and much more besides. It also highlighted the benefits of corporate working; breaking down internal silos of data and working corporately to deliver lean working practices and transformational business solutions.

Geospatial data management and visualisation, when combined with the multitude of sensor data available from Glasgow’s built-environment and the wide array of data sets which can be geo-enabled through address referencing (e.g. social indicators, paths to employment, access to transport, health outcomes), is enabling a data revolution which is transforming the way Glasgow and its partners do business.