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Articles | Volume XLIII-B5-2020
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLIII-B5-2020, 15–22, 2020
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLIII-B5-2020, 15–22, 2020
24 Aug 2020
24 Aug 2020


M. A. Stelmaszczuk-Górska1, E. Aguilar-Moreno2, S. Casteleyn2, D. Vandenbroucke3, M. Miguel-Lago4, C. Dubois1, R. Lemmens5, G. Vancauwenberghe3, M. Olijslagers3, S. Lang6, F. Albrecht6, M. Belgiu5, V. Krieger7, T. Jagdhuber8, A. Fluhrer8, M. J. Soja9, A. Mouratidis10, H. J. Persson11, R. Colombo12, and G. Masiello13 M. A. Stelmaszczuk-Górska et al.
  • 1Dept. for Earth Observation, Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, Germany
  • 2Institute of New Imaging Technologies, University Jaume I of Castellon, Spain
  • 3Spatial Applications Division Leuven, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • 4European Association of Remote Sensing Companies, Belgium
  • 5Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • 6Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS, University of Salzburg, Austria
  • 7Spatial Services GmbH, Austria
  • 8Microwaves and Radar Institute, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
  • 9MJ Soja Consulting, Australia and University of Tasmania, Australia
  • 10Department of Physical and Environmental Geography, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 11Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden
  • 12University of Milano - Bicocca, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Milan, Italy
  • 13School of Engineering, University of Basilicata, Italy

Keywords: Body of Knowledge, Earth Observation, Geoinformation, Skills definition, Market/User Uptake

Abstract. With new Earth Observation (EO) and Geoinformation (GI) data sources increasingly becoming available, evermore new skills for data collection, processing, analysis and application are required. They are needed not only from scientists, but also from practitioners working in businesses, public and private EO*GI and related sectors. Aligning the continuously evolving skill sets demanded by the market and existing academic and vocational training programmes is not an easy task. Training programmes should be grounded in real needs of the sector and its labour market. To do this, it is necessary to identify the knowledge and skills needed, and map their interconnectivity in specific frameworks, which can later be used for the definition of new curricula or job-oriented learning paths. This paper presents a framework for the EO*GI sector, based on a Body of Knowledge (BoK), by creating a complete set of concepts with a semantic structure underneath that supports academia and industry. Creating and updating the BoK is supported by an editing tool, the Living Textbook and by experts in the EO*GI domain, who contributes to the BoK’s enrichment.