GRS-21306 Spatial Data Infrastructure


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Practical extensively supervised34
Practical intensively supervised14
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. AK Bregt
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. AK Bregt
dr. L Grus
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. AK Bregt
dr. ir. RJA van Lammeren

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Continuation courses:

GRS-20306, GRS-20806, GRS-30306


This course deals with the main concepts of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI). Several SDI-aspects will be studied and analyzed, such as: spatial datasets (core datasets). SDI-technology, SDI-policy, SDI-use, standardization and juridical issues. Anyone who gets involved in setting up or managing a proper SDI for an area needs to be familiar to this kind of issues.

Learning outcomes:

After the course, students are expected to be able to:
- describe the main components of a spatial data infrastructure (spatial data, technology, standardisation, policy and people) and their roles;
- understand and apply the main concepts of spatial data infrastructures;
- use web technology to access spatial data and services;
- develop and criticize strategies for spatial data infrastructures development.


This course on 'spatial data infrastructures' is partially based on a problem-based learning environment in which students are confronted with series of cases. During this course a new case is presented at the beginning of each week. A case is presented as a description of a set of apparently unrelated phenomena or events, which need to be clarified in a meaningful context. Tutored groups comprising 6 students start to discuss cases in terms of concepts, underlying processes, principles or mechanisms in order to discover an underlying implicit problem. The group follows a systematic working procedure to analyse the problem. The course materials to solve these case-related problems come from several sources: elucidating excursions, lectures presented by material experts, exercises within an internet environment, learning book and lists of links to informative web sites.


Final assessment is based on individual case study presentation, Groups case study presentation, Groups case video presentation, Individual written paper and a written exam.


Bregt, A., Crompvoets, J., Introduction to Spatial Data Infrastructures, 2006

Restricted Optional for: MGIGeo-Information ScienceMSc4WD
MUEUrban Environmental ManagementMSc4WD
Compulsory for: WURDPBSc Minor Regional Development and Planning4WD