The Value of Open GIS in Higher Education

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Galerie 6, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Christina Hupy
Chairs: Christina Hupy


Open source software and data hav become increasingly popular in geospatial research and industry. Despite this trend, higher education has less readily adopted open source in GIS curriculum which has been dominated by proprietary systems for decades. This panel will discuss the value of bringing open source into GIS curriculum. The discussion will focus on several aspects including: GIS curricular standards and competencies, employer demand, generational interest (millennials), pedagogical benefits, and general societal benefits as related to the themes of this AAG conference. Strategies for encouraging the adoption of open source in GIS curriculum will be identified.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Bill Slocumb Center for Geospatial Analytics, NC State Univeristy 12
Panelist Ian Muehlenhaus University of Wisconsin - Madison 12
Panelist Bill Hodge GISCI 12
Panelist George Bosarge University of South Alabama 12
Discussant Matthew Wilson University of Kentucky 12
Panelist Daniel Sui The Ohio State University 12

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