In the June 2015 issue of Transactions in GIS an article has been published on the results of the GI-N2K Study on the workforce demand in GIS&T. The article ‘Assessment of Workforce Demands to Shape GIS&T Education’ by Gudrun Wallentin, Barbara Hofer and Christoph Traun of the University of Salzburg presents the results of the assessment of the demands of today’s GIS&T workforce across Europe. The assessment is based on the information collected in the GI-N2K Demand Survey and the interviews with key experts in different countries.
Abstract of the article:
The Body of Knowledge for Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T BoK) has been the main reference document for curriculum design in the geospatial domain. Today, the BoK is supposed to have fallen short in adequately covering the domain due to significant conceptual and technological advances in the field. Thus, several initiatives around the globe work towards an update of the GIS&T BoK. This research assesses the demands of today’s GIS&T workforce across Europe to contribute to the effort of a demand-oriented update. We assessed the workforce demand by means of a Europe-wide distributed online questionnaire and complementary expert interviews. The results show that the BoK still is a comprehensive reference base for the geospatial domain that is generally deemed relevant by the European workforce. However, workforce demands point to three main topics that need to be addressed by an update of the BoK: (1) the shift from primary data acquisition to the handling of highly abundant spatial data; (2) a lack of competences in programming and application development; and (3) a poor coverage of web-related aspects. Future research should complement workforce demands with a review of the scientific literature to identify additional shortcomings related to conceptual advances.
More information on the article can be found here.