All You Need to Know about the New GIS&T Body of Knowledge
Dr. John Wilson, University of Southern California and Dr. Ola Ahlqvist
October 26, 2016
2:00pm (ET) to 3:00pm (ET)
Did you ever wonder about the Knowledge Areas that contributed to the GISCI Core Technical Exam? Or were you curious about the legacy documents that added toUSGIF’s Essential Body of Knowledge? Join us as we explore the new digital edition of the Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge (GIS&T BoK), published by the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS). Learn how the new GIS&T BoK will continue to guide and support curriculum design and review at multiple levels of education, and understand how you can contribute to the project by authoring and reviewing its content.
UCGIS has taken a vastly new approach with this digital version, the first update since the original GIS&T Body of Knowledge was published in 2006. Over time, all Topics will be converted to full peer-reviewed entries, with an expanded narrative section as well as additional instructional resources. This new and revised content will be updated on a continual basis, and previous versions will be archived quarterly. While all Topics are still associated with ten Knowledge Areas, some of those Knowledge Areas themselves have changed. A full editorial team is in place, and subject-matter experts are encouraged to contribute an entry or two. In this manner UCGIS has designed the product to be a much more current and community-driven publication, reflecting the ways in which GIS&T knowledge and applications continue to expand.
Dr. John P. Wilson is Professor of Sociology and Spatial Sciences in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California where he directs the Spatial Sciences Institute as well as the Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIST) Graduate Programs and GIS Research Laboratory, and also holds adjunct appointments as Professor in the School of Architecture and in the Viterbi School of Engineering’s Departments of Computer Science and Civil & Environmental Engineering.
He founded the journal Transactions in GIS in 1996 and has served as Editor-in-Chief since its inception. He has served on the editorial boards of Applied Geography(1992-2001), the Annals of the Association of American Geographers (2006-2009), the Journal of Geo-Spatial Information Science (2011-2016), and the Annals of the Association of American Geographers Review of Books(2013-2016). He has chaired the Applied Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (1989-1991) and the Research Committee of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) (2002-2005). He served on the Board of Directors (2003-2006) and as President of UCGIS from 2006 to 2007. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for the UCGIS GIST Body of Knowledge 2.0 project and is an active participant in the UNIGIS International Network, a worldwide consortium of 10+ institutions that develops and delivers online geographic information science academic programs.
His research is focused on the modeling of human and environmental systems and makes extensive use of GIS tools, spatial analysis, and computer models. He has published numerous books and articles on these topics, including two edited volumes, Terrain Analysis: Principles and Applications (2000) and the Handbook of Geographic Information Science (2008). Much of this work is collaborative and cross-disciplinary in character with the general goal of improving our knowledge and understanding of the factors linking people, their environments, and their health.
Dr. Ola Ahlqvist is Associate Professor in Geography and part-time Director for the Office of Service-Learning at Ohio State. He has worked professionally with local and regional environmental planning in Finland and Sweden in the early 1990's. After completing a PhD in Geography at Stockholm University in 2001 followed by post-doctoral training at Penn State University he joined the Geography Department at The Ohio State University in 2005. His research interest span three broad areas: 1) semantic uncertainty and formal ontology in analysis of geographic information, 2) how online maps, social media, and games combine to offer novel forms of social-environmental simulation, and decision making, and 3) the scholarship of engagement in GIS and experiential learning.