Geographic information (GI) creators, users, and stakeholders exist across nearly all communities, domains, and sectors. Geographic education varies in deployment and delivery for all. Formal training related to GI creation may not emphasize the organization, access, and use aspects of digital curation. Conversely, the existing programs that teach organization, access, and use focus on other information and seldom include coverage of GI. The purpose of this chapter is to outline both the history, current academic landscape, and pave a path forward for educating the different GI-related occupations. We present a multidisciplinary approach that led to the development of one curriculum. The chapter concludes with a call to develop a twenty-first Century GI workforce by coordinating across existing curricular scaffolds from K-12 to graduate programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpringer Geography
Number of pages25
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Publication series

NameSpringer Geography
ISSN (Print)2194-315X
ISSN (Electronic)2194-3168


  • Geographic information
  • Geographic information system
  • Geographic information system
  • Spatial data infrastructure
  • Student learning outcome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies

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    Bishop, W., & Grubesic, A. (2016). Education. In Springer Geography (pp. 187-211). (Springer Geography). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-22789-4_10