Recently I have had the pleasure of taking part in the ESRI UK Annual Conference, which was held in London on 19th May. This conference is a very important (and large – more than 2500 people!) gathering of people from a wide array of disciplines whose common element is making use of ArcGIS as a tool for managing and analysing spatial data. It is therefore a very interesting forum for seeing how ArcGIS is being used by companies, institutions and city councils in regards to Marketing strategies, Heritage Management, and City Planning, amongst many other uses. For me, attending this conference was an opportunity to broaden my ideas about how GIS can help not only to organise the vast amount of data we are compiling and using in this Project, but also to explore how it can improve the ways we understand the functioning and development of ports and harbours in the past. I derived some real benefit from being at the conference and will be aiming to implement some of these in the not-too-distant future! I’ll keep you updated!