Geospatial Technology Competency Model

Credit: US Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration - Used with Permission

Course Description

This open courseware consists of eight videos from the gateway course to Penn State's Certificate and Masters degree programs in GIS. Following an introduction entitled "Why GIS Matters," six case studies correspond to the three sectors of the U.S. Department of Labor's Geospatial Technology Industry: 1. Positioning and Data Acquisition ("GIS and the Eradication of Polio in Nigeria" and "A Global Geodetic Reference Frame for Sustainable Development") 2. Analysis and Modeling ("Everyday Spatial Analysis" and "A National Water Model for Flood Prediction and Response") 3. Software and App Development ("Rediscovering GIS" and "Building a Web GIS Business) The concluding video "Will GIS Matter in the Internet of Things?" considers the future of GIS technology and prospects for GIS people. Making Maps that Matter with GIS Video Playlist

This course is part of the following programs: Master of Education in Earth Sciences, Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security, Masters of Geographic Information Systems, and Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems.

Online Course

You can view the entire course here: Making Maps that Matter with GIS (GEOG 482)
David DiBiase

David is an educator and lifelong student of what the U.S. Department of Labor calls the "Geospatial Technology Industry." He's taught for Penn State University since 1989 and founded its "World Campus" online certificate and master's degree programs in GIS. In 2011 David joined Esri to lead its Education Industry and Business Development teams. In that role he gained a broader perspective on the industry and the global education and training infrastructure that supports it. David was editor-in-chief of the first editions of the GIS&T Body of Knowledge and the Department of Labor's Geospatial Technology Competency Model. He also led the NSF-funded GIS Professional Ethics project.

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