CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT IN GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY – AN OVERVIEW
Keywords: Geospatial technologies, Competency, Body of Knowledge, Coordinated Capacity Development, Gender diversity
Abstract. This article gives an overview of capacity development (CD) elements for fast-growing geospatial technologies and their applications (GSTA). While the Earth observation data and spatial analytics software tools are getting more open and accessible, lack of skilled workforce and institutional capacities are limiting effective applications. A systematic process is essential in realising required capacity at individual and institutional levels, in maintaining and upgrading technological infrastructures, and in updating geospatial data and strengthening human resources for sustainable supply of workforce. This article discusses on different user sectors and their competencies that are expected to meet their demands. It is also important to take stock of different modes of CD along with a variety of methods to select the appropriate suitable for the different users’ groups for efficient knowledge transfer. In addition, this article describes briefly on two methods of building curriculum design of courses based on two different body of knowledge objectives. The importance of coordinated effort in CD programs is stressed for promoting GSTA for national and international flagship development programs such as the 2030 global sustainable development agenda. It briefly discusses on the issue of gender diversity and points out ways to increase the women participation in GSTA CD programs.