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  • Nov 21 / 2014
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Report on the GI-N2K surveys now available

One of the objectives of the GI-N2K project was to better understand the demand for and the supply of geospatial education and training in Europe. In order to analyze the match between the knowledge and competences that are required by employers and organizations in the field of geospatial information (demand side) and the knowledge and competences that are central in the current offer of GIS&T curricula, programmes and courses in Europe (supply side), two surveys were conducted as part of the WP1 activities of GI-N2K.

The report entitled ‘Integrated analysis of the demand for and supply of geospatial education and training’ discusses the results of both surveys. The report describes the situation in 2014 with regard to the demand for and the supply of education and training in the domain of GIS&T. The analysis in the report focuses on three aspects: the awareness and use of the GIS&T BoK, the GI knowledge domain reference document; the possible gap between needed competences and teaching on offer; and the incompleteness of the GIS&T BoK.

Find the report on the Publications section of our website or download it here below

  • Oct 29 / 2014
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Two recent publications on the GI-N2K survey results

Frans Rip (Wageningen University) has published an article on the results of the GI-N2K survey on GIS&T Teaching in Europe in the Dutch magazine Geo-Info. The article shows how the GIS&T Body of Knowledge (BoK) can be a valuable tool for describing and comparing GIS&T education programs and courses in Europe. The BoK also supports the identification of topics that are currently missing in GIS&T education in Europe. The article can be found here (in Dutch).

An abstract on the demand for and supply of GIS&T education in Poland was submitted to the national conference of the Polish Association of Spatial Information by Jacek Kozak (Jagiellonian University) and co-authors. The conference will take place in 5-7 November, 2014, in Warsaw. The abstract introduces the GI-N2K project and the two surveys that were organized in the context of the project. During the conference a presentation will be given on the results of the GI-N2K surveys in Poland. The abstract can be found here (in Polish).

  • Sep 24 / 2014
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‘GIS&T Body of Knowledge’ session at EUGISES 2014.

The 9th European GIS in Education Seminar (EUGISES) was held in Cork, Ireland, from 4 to 7 September. The seminar provided an informal setting for European and global researchers and professionals in the GIS sector to discuss GIS education. During the seminar, a session was dedicated to the GIS&T Body of Knowledge, in which several GI-N2K project partners gave a presentation.

Frans Rip (Wageningen UR) presented the results of the GI-N2K surveys on the demand for and supply of geospatial education and training in Europe. Based on the results of both surveys, Frans talked about the current state of awareness and use of the BoK, the subjects that are missing in the BoK and the current GIS&T education and training landscape in Europe.

The presentation of Imran Hossain (Universität der Bundeswehr München) focused on the Virtual Lab for the BoK (VirLaBoK), the dynamic environment for creating, updating and using the BoK. In his presentation Imran described the different components of the VirLaBoK, the requirements and functionalities of the VirLaBoK and the general architecture.

Peter Mooney (National University of Ireland Maynooth) talked about his experiences in teaching GIS and Web-mapping courses using only Open Source Software and Open Data/VGI. His presentation explored how this approach to teaching aims to broaden the skills base of future GI professionals by introducing them to alternative GIS tools, dynamic forms of data and innovative software solutions.

Presentations

  • Sep 24 / 2014
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GI-N2K workshop in Castellón, Spain

In June this year a two-day GI-N2K workshop was organized after the AGILE 2014 Conference in Castellón (Spain). The workshop was an occasion to invite two colleagues from the US that are playing a key role in the update of the GIS&T Body of Knowledge and the development of related tools. John Wilson (University of Southern California) presented the GIS&T Body of Knowledge 2.0 initiative of UCGIS to update the 2006 Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIS&T) Body of Knowledge. André Skupin (San Diego State University) gave a presentation on the development of an Operational Knowledge Ecosystem for the GIS&T Domain, showing several tools that can be used for updating, managing and using the Body of Knowledge. The first day of the workshop was ended with a presentation by Wolfgang Reinhardt (Universität der Bundeswehr München) on the development of a European environment for contributing to the development of the BoK 2.0 from the European perspective. Continue Reading

  • Aug 08 / 2014
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Results of the GI-N2K surveys

A short summary of the results of the two surveys that were launched earlier this year is now available HERE

The GI-N2K Survey on ‘Workforce demand in GIS&T’
The aim of this GI-N2K Survey was to evaluate current workforce demands in GIS&T and identify presumed future directions.

GI-N2K Survey on ‘GIS&T Teaching supply’
The objectives of the survey were to collect information about which GI-subjects courses and programmes are available, to characterize the teaching supply in terms of international references, to assess the degree of awareness and the use of the BoK, to discover parts of the GI-domain that are present in today’s teaching but not covered by the BoK and to reveal existing intentions to each about GI-subjects in the near future.

Learn more about the results of these surveys
  • Feb 07 / 2014
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Surveys open for 2 more weeks.

The February 5 deadline for both the Demand and the Supply surveys has been extended for 2 weeks. Both surveys will remain open until February 19.

If you are on the GI-workforce demand side:

Please fill in this short survey (max. 15 minutes) to tell us which competences are needed for GI-jobs (survey by the University of Salzburg): Survey: Workforce demand in GIS&T

If you are on the GI-teaching offer side:

Please fill in this short survey (max. 15 min.) to inform us about the main competences being taught (survey by the University of Wageningen): Survey: GIS&T Teaching supply

  • Jan 10 / 2014
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Invitation to participate in our surveys

“A career in geospatial technology requires a combination of technical skills that are not taught as an integrated package in any meaningful way. There are excellent postgraduate courses in Geographical Information Systems but these tend to be very focused on geography, which isn’t a bad thing. But you don’t tend to get the computer skills that you need.” On the other side of the coin, there are intensive computer science courses that fail to provide the geographical knowledge needed. “It’s a hard mix to get right”

Ed Parsons, Geospatial technologist of Google (2013)

“Our demand for new GI professionals is growing but, despite the current economic crisis, we have difficulty finding people with the right knowledge and skills”.

J. Verouden, General Manager Geomatics/IM of SHELL Global Solutions (2013)


These 2 quotes illustrate how currently the geospatial recruitment sector encounters difficulties to find adequately trained geospatial professionals. The main question is how to make the training system more demand-driven and flexible.

A first step to take, is to understand the (mis)match between the demand for and the supply of competences namely:

  • the needs of the demand side : which are the main knowledge and competences required by employers, recruiters;
  • the supply of geospatial workforce: what knowledge and competences are central in the current offer of the curricula, programmes and courses in Europe.

If you are on the demand side:
Please fill in this short survey (max. 15 minutes) to tell us which competences are needed for GI-jobs (survey by the University of Salzburg)
Survey: Workforce demand in GIS&T

If you are on the GI-teaching offer side:
Please fill in this short survey (max. 15 min.) to inform us about the main competences being taught (survey by the University of Wageningen):
Survey: GIS&T Teaching supply

We need (and hope) to get the necessary feedback via the extensive network of the 31 partners from 25 countries ( academic and non-academic sector), the associated partners from the broader industry (e.g. Google, Shell…), SMEs, major GI associations and individual experts.

Thank you for your contribution,

The project management team, KU Leuven

More information.

  • Jan 10 / 2014
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GI-N2K kick-off meeting

In October 23-24 2013, the kick-off meeting of the European project GI-N2K took place in Leuven, Belgium, with the consortium partners of this EU project of 3 years which is funded under the Lifelong Learning program – Erasmus Multilateral Networks .

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Workforce and Teaching supply demand in GIS&T surveys results