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Outdoor adventure wayfinding

Thursday 26 May 2022 (12pm BST)

People hiking up a mountain with chalked wayfinding signs drawn on the rocks to guide them

About the event

Outdoor adventuring should be fun but can be dangerous! Mountain rescue callouts involving people using battery-draining GPS mapping technology have increased, as have the number of inexperienced navigators getting lost in outdoor spaces. Professor Terry Moore has led research of positioning, GPS and navigation all his professional life and was involved in the early developments of GNSS. As a keen mountaineer, walker and cyclist he uses outdoor navigation technology but has seen a worrying over-reliance on smartphone-based mapping and guidance, coupled with dwindling traditional compass and map navigation skills. His talk shares his experiences of outdoor navigation for adventure activities. He introduces a new group he has set up and chairs, the Outdoor Adventure Navigation Special Interest Group within the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN). His talk concludes with a discussion of your experiences, and how we can promote better outdoor navigational practices and design wayfinding information and technology for different kinds of outdoor adventure activity.

On a related subject, Paul Naylor from Ordnance Survey talks about the evolution of maps over time, and what they tell us about how we position ourselves in the world today, with an explorative focus on history and data visualisation.

About our speakers

Professor Terry Moore is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Nottingham. He was formerly the Director of the Nottingham Geospatial Institute (NGI) at the University of Nottingham and the Professor of Satellite Navigation. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow and a Member of Council of the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) and currently the Immediate Past President of the RIN. He is also a Fellow and a Member of Council of the Institute of Navigation (ION). In 2013 he was awarded the RIN Harold Spencer-Jones Gold Medal, in 2017 the ION Johannes Kepler Award and in 2021 the IAIN John Harrison Award. He has many years of research experience in surveying, positioning and navigation technologies. He is a consultant and adviser to European and UK government organisations and industry.

Paul Naylor is a Technical Relationship Consultant for GeoDataViz, Ordnance Survey. He has over 20 years of experience in creating maps and visualising geographic data using a range of GIS, design, and web applications. Paul is also Vice-President and Programme Chair of the British Cartographic Society where he helps inform and educate on the benefits of good cartographic design.

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This talk is free for SDS members. For non-members, the ticket cost is £10 per person. To join our Zoom talk, please get in touch with our administrator Kate at for the event link, ID and password.

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26 May 2022 12:00

Price : £10.00

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