The aim of the GI-N2K Survey on ‘Workforce demand in GIS&T’ was to evaluate current workforce demands in GIS&T and identify presumed future directions. The intended target group of the survey was professionals actively working in the GIS&T domain in Europe. The current GIS&T BoK was used as the main point of reference in the design of the survey. In total, more than 1000 questionnaires were returned out of which 435 were fully completed by individuals involved in GIS&T in their job.
Key findings of the survey are:
- The GIS&T community evaluated the relevance of the content of the current GIS&T BoK in their professional work differently. ‘Geospatial data’ and ‘Cartography and Visualization’ were considered as the most relevant BoK Knowledge Areas, whereas advanced ‘Geocomputation’ received the lowest rating.
- The three main sectors – public administration, private organisations and academia – evaluated the BoK Knowledge Areas congruently. Although frequently performed tasks differ across sectors, they show a consistent similarity when compared to the BoK.
- The assessment of the BoK’s relevancy was related to the educational level, where the rating increases with the level of education of respondents. Respondents with a doctorate consistently rate KAs higher than respondents with a Bachelor degree or even lower leve
ls of (mostly informal) GI-education
- The gap analysis pointed at topics that are not fully covered in the current GIS&T BoK, including programme development, WebGIS, SDI, data acquisition and other ‘hot’ topics such as big data and augmented reality.
A short paper on the first results of the survey was presented at the 17th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science in Castellón, Spain. The paper is available HERE (PDF 446KB).
An in-depth analysis of the results and findings of the survey on ‘Workforce demand in GIS&T’ will be part of the final report of the project’s Work Package 1, which will provide an integrated analysis and discussion of both the demand for and supply of GIS&T education and training in Europe.