International Associations and the Provision of Outreach Programmes for Education and Training
The cartographic profession has changed to one that is supported by contemporary digital production, storage and distribution devices and communication resources. What also changed are the organisations that conduct mapping programmes and ‘build’ repositories of geographical knowledge, digital and material. Long gone are the days of large governmental mapping agencies that had their ‘tried and true’ methods of data capture, processing and dissemination. Today is the workplace of small government agency; contractors (large and small); regional, national and global publishing collaborations; and map producer/user. This, in turn, has led to changes in cartographic education courses, from what could be described as focused courses to more generalist courses. Gone are the days when a graduate could accommodate the in-house practices and procedures on day 1 of a job. Everything has changed, but the underlying need for useful (and usable), accurate and timely geospatial products remains as the essential underpinnings for what we do. In order for students to have access to relevant courses and for industry to keep abreast with developments in technology and contemporary cartography and GI Science thinking it is important for relevant educational courses to be offered. This can be done through face-to-face courses or via on-line delivery. The International Cartographic Association (ICA) is committed to supporting existing educational courses and providing specialist courses where needed. This paper provides an overview of the ICA’s strategies towards the provision of education, internationally. It also gives examples about how educational courses have been presented by the ICA’s international cartography and GI Science community.
KeywordsStrategic Plan Professional Practice Continue Professional Development Spatial Data Infrastructure Spatial Data Modeling
This chapter was prepared with inputs from colleagues from the ICA international community. Thanks to Dr. Suchith Anand (Chair, ICA Open Source Geospatial Technologies Working Group), Dr. Antony Cooper (Chair, ICA Geospatial Data Standards Commission), Professor Dr. Philippe de Maeyer (Chair, ICA Management and Economics of Map Production Commission), Dr. David Fairbairn (former ICA Secretary-General/Treasurer), Assoc. Professor Dr. David Fraser (Chair, ICA Education and Training Commission), Professor Dr. Georg Gartner (President ICA), Professor Elri Liebenberg (Chair, ICA History of Cartography Commission and former Vice-President of ICA), Makram Murad-al-shaikh (ESRI, Inc.), Professor Dr. Ferjan Ormeling (former Secretary-General/Treasurer ICA, Vice-Chairman of the UN Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEN) and Convenor of the UNGEGN Working Group for Training Courses in Toponymy) and Professor Dr. Michael Peterson (former Chair, ICA maps and the Internet Commission).
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