Acta Geographica Sinica, Volume. 75, Issue 8, 1790(2020)

Curriculum design for urban informatics

Yang YUE1,2,3、*, Qingquan LI2,3, and Renzhong GUO1,2,4
Author Affiliations
  • 1School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, Guangdong, China
  • 2Guangdong Key Laboratory of Urban Informatics, Shenzhen 518060, Guangdong, China
  • 3Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Spatial Smart Sensing and Services, Shenzhen 518060, Guangdong, China
  • 4Research Institute for Smart Cities, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, Guangdong, China
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    GIScience is facing challenges in defining its discipline-specific knowledge and skills due to the rapid development of computer science. Meanwhile, the research paradigm of urban studies is shifting to more quantitative approaches with the emerging big data and various analytics tools. Based on the development pathways of GIScience, we argued that one direction of the future GIS is urban informatics by taking the advantage of spatial modelling and analysis technologies. The transformation from GIS/Geomatics to urban informatics requires transdisciplinary knowledge, methods, and tools to form a new teaching and research framework. An undergraduate curriculum for urban informatics is proposed in this paper based on the notion of transdisciplinary cooperation among GIS, computer science and urban studies, to foster system thinking, spatial thinking and computational thinking in urban informatics teaching. Researchers and educators from urban studies, geography, geomatics and GIS should work together to promote the development of this emerging discipline, so as to achieve more significant scientific discovery and innovations.


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    Yang YUE, Qingquan LI, Renzhong GUO. Curriculum design for urban informatics[J]. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2020, 75(8): 1790

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    Received: Oct. 23, 2018

    Accepted: --

    Published Online: Apr. 14, 2021

    The Author Email: YUE Yang (