What Competencies Should GIS Managers Have?


URISA wants your input on its proposed Geospatial Management Competency Model (GMCM).  The model is a list of 74 essential competencies and 17 competency areas that geospatial managers should have.

The GMCM builds upon U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration’s (DOLETA) Geospatial Technology Competency Model, which specifies the foundational, industry-wide, and industry sector-specific expertise characteristic of the various occupations that comprise the geospatial industry.

It is not intended to be an exhaustive inventory of all pertinent competencies, such as those specific to particular work settings. Instead, the GMCM seeks to distill a concise list that is widely applicable, and readily adaptable to evolving industry needs.

The draft model was prepared by a Task Force of ten geospatial managers and one facilitator.  Participants included GIS managers from local government, consulting firms, academia, and the facilitator, David DiBiase, Director of Education, Esri.


Those interested can view the draft document from the GMCM review page.  An online questionnaire  is open to solicit comments until March 31, 2012.


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