Beyond Mapping: Meeting National Needs Through Enhanced by National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life

By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, The Mapping Science Committee, Committee on Beyond Mapping: The Challenges of New Technologies in the Geographic Information Sciences

Geographic info structures (GIS), the worldwide Positioning process (GPS), distant sensing, and different details applied sciences have all replaced the character of labor within the mapping sciences and within the professions, industries, and associations that depend upon them for easy learn and schooling. this day, geographic details structures became imperative to the methods hundreds of thousands of presidency organisations, inner most businesses, and not-for-profit businesses do enterprise. even if, the availability of GIS/GIScience execs has no longer stored velocity with the call for generated via becoming wishes for extra and stronger geographic info platforms and for extra strong geographic data.

Beyond Mapping assesses the kingdom of mapping sciences initially of the twenty-first century and identifies the severe nationwide wishes for GIS/GIScience pros. It examines the forces that force and accompany the necessity for GIS/GIScience execs, together with technological swap, call for for geographic info, and adjustments in enterprises. It assesses schooling and examine wishes, together with crucial education and schooling, new curriculum demanding situations and responses, caliber insurance in schooling and coaching, and organizational demanding situations. a number of the report's thoughts contain extra collaboration between educational disciplines, inner most businesses, and govt corporations; the implementation of GIS/GIScience in any respect degrees of schooling; and the improvement of a coherent, complete examine time table for the mapping sciences.

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1 In 2001, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) mobilized a team of workforce development specialists at the University of Southern Mississippi to investigate the needs of the geospatial industry. The Geospatial Workforce Development Center (GWDC) convened workshops involving representatives of 16 leading businesses, government agencies, and professional societies. Using focus group and group systems methodologies, researchers asked representatives to identify the key skills that successful employees master and the professional roles they are expected to play.

Many companies are locating staff overseas to take advantage of lower wages and in response to domestic shortages of adequately trained personnel. S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to enhance government efficiency, reduce costs, and achieve the goal of a more citizen-based and results-oriented government. To manage the initiative, an intergovernmental board of directors has been established that is composed of state, local, tribal, and federal representatives. This board provides guidance on the direction of the project and ensures dialogue among the levels of government making major investments in geospatial information.

1 In 2001, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) mobilized a team of workforce development specialists at the University of Southern Mississippi to investigate the needs of the geospatial industry. The Geospatial Workforce Development Center (GWDC) convened workshops involving representatives of 16 leading businesses, government agencies, and professional societies. Using focus group and group systems methodologies, researchers asked representatives to identify the key skills that successful employees master and the professional roles they are expected to play.

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