Ethics in GIS Education and Professional Practice
Awareness of ethical pitfalls, and the ability to apply moral reasoning skills when confronted with ethical challenges, is part of what it means to be a geospatial professional. It should also be part of what students learn about GIS and GIScience. In this presentation David will describe the NSF-sponsored GIS Professional Ethics Project, and the collection of ethical case studies the project has produced. He will explain how the case method has been applied in a mandatory ethics workshop for students in Penn State University's online masters degree in GIS. Beyond the case studies, David will discuss ethical challenges that students (all of whom are working adults, many in the GIS field) have cited.
About the speakers:
David DiBiase leads Esri's education outreach program. He also teaches professional ethics part-time for Penn State University, where he founded its online certificate and masters degree programs in GIS. David organized the NSF-sponsored GIS Professional Ethics project, and is a former President of the GIS Certification Institute. He was lead editor of the first editions of the Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge and the U.S. Department of Labor's Geospatial Technology Competency Model. David currently serves as a National Councillor of the American Association of Geographers. Beyond work his pastimes include hiking, running, and cycling, good wine, and classic jazz music - not necessarily in that order.
Bill Hodge is the Executive Director of GIS Certification Institute (GISCI). Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, he manages all day-to-day activities for the organization and direct its efforts as it moves into its second decade of existence.
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