Geografie 2002, 107, 371-382

Geoinformatic literacy: indispensability or nonsense?

Vít Voženílek

Katedra geoinformatiky, Přírodovědecká fakulta, Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, tř. Svobody 26, 771 46 Olomouc, Czechia

(Geo)information technologies have impacted most scientific fields. Geography takes part in this progress and educates new generation of decision makers which will be able to apply the latest scientific outcomes in many branches of science, society and landscape. This situation strongly requires geoinformatic literacy. The geoinformatic literacy consists of geographic, cartographic and informatic literacy. There are two main ways of applying geoinformatic literacy in geographic practice - awareness and using. A current multidisciplinarity in geographic applications requires awareness of fundamental knowledge of geoinformatics and their technologies. Geographers need either to understand GI-experts (involved in projects) or to process procedures of geoinformation technologies (GIS, GPS, remote sensing, geostatistics etc.).