GIS is not just a technology. Rather, it’s a technology that enables the most basic functions of a company. Organizations around the globe – from the energy industry to the telecom industry, from health care to business – are developing innovative ways to use spatial data to make critical strategic decisions. As a result, a wide range of industries have a need for professionals with basic geospatial competencies, making cross-disciplinary geospatial literacy a critical component of higher education.
Because this topic has gained so much momentum among educators, members of the American Sentinel University executive academic team have been invited to co-present a paper on Geospatial Competencies Across the Curriculum on Tues., Jul. 24 at 10:15 a.m. in the Catalina conference room at the San Diego Convention Center during the Esri Education GIS Conference. The Education portion of the conference is held July 21 to 24 in San Diego, California prior to the kick off of the Esri International User Conference in San Diego July 23 – 27.
The number of ways that GIS can prove useful, even in an academic sense, is vast. Among the fields of study that can benefit are history, business, health care, economics, sociology, biology, geography, archeology, and anthropology, to name a few. GIS and location analysis play a large part in all aspects of business and technology decision making.
Whether using analysis in business, programming GIS systems in computer science, organizing and managing location data in information management, or using GIS in health care administration, GIS is broadly integrated into virtually everything many organizations do. And that’s a lesson that can be applied in any company.
GIS is more than a technology. You can apply it in factory operations, strategic planning, marketing, and every other part of a company’s activities. That realization can help bring IT experts an insight into the business needs and value GIS can serve and provide.
If you find yourself in San Diego this weekend, please drop by and say hello. American Sentinel will exhibit in two locations during the Esri show. We will be at the Education GIS Solutions Expo and Reception on Sat., Jul. 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at booth E114 in the Marina Ballroom F & G, South Tower, Level 3 in the Marriott Hotel and Marina. We will also be at the Academic GIS Program Fair on Mon., Jul. 23 from 3:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Table A109 in the San Diego Convention Center, 6A Foyer. Hope to see you there.