David DiBiase leads the Education Team within Esri’s Industry Solutions group. The Team promotes and supports GIS use to enrich teaching and learning at all levels, in formal and informal settings, domestically and internationally.
Before joining Esri, David founded and led the Penn State Online GIS Certificate and Masters (MGIS) degree programs. Though September 2011, these and related online programs attracted over 13,000 enrollments by 4,000 adult learners, and produced nearly 2,000 graduates. Penn State’s certificate program earned Esri’s “Special Achievement in GIS” award in 2004, and the MGIS program earned the Sloan Consortium's "Most Outstanding Online Program" award in 2009. According to David, “one of my proudest achievements at Penn State was the University’s first open educational resources initiative, through which the lion’s share of its online GIS courseware is freely available to educators and learners worldwide.”
David’s contributions to the Penn State Online programs included the introductory online course Nature of Geographic Information, for which he produced the open online textbook of the same name. An abridged version of the course is available through Esri’s Virtual Campus as Understanding Geographic Data. With support from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) “Ethics Education in Science and Engineering” program, David also developed and taught Penn State’s Responsible Scholarship and Professional Practice (RSPP) workshop. RSPP continues to be a graduation requirement for all Penn State MGIS students. The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) recognized David’s contributions to geographic information science education with its 2005 “Educator of the Year” award.
His scholarly publications include works on distance education, learning design, competency modeling, professional ethics and academic integrity, and multimedia and cartographic visualization. In 1999, the Association of American Geographers honored David with its Media Achievement Award “for exceptional creativity in applying multimedia technology to cartography and geographic education.” Most recently he co-edited the book Teaching Geographic Information Science and Technology in Higher Education with Dave Unwin, Ken Foote, and Nick Tate.
David’s service to the profession includes a four-year stint (1998-2003) as a member of URISA’s Certification Committee, during which he helped design the criteria by which the GIS Certification Institute has awarded its “GIS Professional” credential to nearly 5,000 practitioners. David served as a member of the GISCI Board of Directors from 2006-09 and 2010-12, and was GISCI president 2010-11. As chairperson of the UCGIS Education Committee from 2004-06, David led the effort to complete the GIS&T Body of Knowledge. And on behalf of NSF’s National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence, David led the editorial team that completed the U.S. Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model in 2010.
David earned bachelors and masters degrees in cartography from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He is a certified GIS Professional (GISP) and Certified Mapping Scientist-GIS/LIS.
Other than his work, David loves classic jazz music from the 1940s to 1960s, including Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane.