Esri teams with AAG and UCGIS to Reissue Body of Knowledge

With support from Esri, the Association of American Geographers (AAG) has reprinted 2,000 copies of the Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge (BoK). AAG will distribute these new copies at no charge to attendees at its national events in 2013. In addition, AAG and the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) have granted permission to Esri to distribute a free digital version of the BoK. Download the digital version as a PDF here.

Originally published in 2006, the BoK is the first comprehensive attempt to inventory the knowledge and abilities that comprise the field of geospatial technology. Building on the efforts of Duane Marble and colleagues to develop a Model Curricula for GIS&T education, the UCGIS Education Committee (with support from Esri and AAG) organized contributions from more than 70 GIS scholars and practitioners to produce the BoK.

“The BoK is a very important reference book about the geospatial field and is immensely useful to educators,” says Michael Goodchild, Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. “I’m excited that the AAG, Esri, and UCGIS have come together to make it widely available and easily accessible.” “Esri is pleased to support the reprinting and open access distribution of first edition of the GIS&T Body of Knowledge,” says David DiBiase, Esri Director of Education and lead editor of the BoK. “We look forward to broad community participation in the development of a second edition.” UCGIS researchers are currently working on NSF-funded research related to the development of a dynamic approach to the creation and dissemination of the second edition of the book.

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Tom Baker

About Tom Baker

Tom Baker is an Esri Education Manager, specializing in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education, teacher education, and educational research. He regularly publishes and presents on geospatial technologies across education.
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