EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
BECOMING AN URBAN INFORMATICS ANALYST
Are your students curious and do they love geographic and computer science? Then they might be on the right path to becoming an Urban Informatics Specialist! Combining research, practice and uses information technology for the analysis, management, planning and inhabitation in cities, Urban Informatics is an interesting field! Urban Informatics Specialists perform analysis and use maps to visualize problems and their solutions. They help to monitor and analyse water use, traffic jams and much more. How useful, isn’t it? If you want to discover more, scroll down to discover this career.
Find out about the key skills to become an Urban Informatics Analyst.
Urban informatics analysts analyze the information in the database according to certain criteria, helps design databases, prepares and compiles data, maps and graphs, supports colleagues that use GIS.
Urban informatics analysts are well-rounded, tech-savvy spatial individuals, who care about cities. They like to think outside the box to visualize problems or their solutions.
An urban informatics analyst investigates what-if scenarios, makes models, asks questions, and investigates possible outcomes. This profession enables you to solve issues in your own community: health, zoning, services, greenways, crime, trash, traffic, and more.
Urban informatics analyst uses cool software that can be nicely combined with many other technologies, such as video, web development, and phone apps so they can share the collected data with as many people as possible.
Curiosity and the desire to crunch big data among the most important things in this field. Students, who are considering becoming Urban informatics analysts, should be curious.
Being an urban informatics analyst does not necessarily mean working alone, on the contrary! To collect data and create tools, they often collaborate with other experts such as cartographers and photogrammetrists.
Meet Giedrius Pasakarnis
Giedrius Pasakarnis is a sales manager in Hnit Baltic company who is working to support municipalities with GIS (Geographic information system). Working closely with Urban informatics Analysts, Giedrius advice to students is to obtain a Bachelor or Master degree in geography, computer science, math, urban planning or related field necessary to follow this career path. Many university geography programs offer courses specifically teaching GIS such as GIS and mapping. Usually, courses cover statistics, cartography, historical geography, urban planning, and measurement analysis.
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