GRS-32806 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

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

GRS-10306 Introduction Geo-information Science.

Continuation courses:

GRS-20306 Remote Sensing; GRS-20806 Geo-information Tools; GRS-30306 Spatial Modelling and Statistics.


The overall aim of the course is to be acquainted with Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI). An SDI is a coordinated series of agreements on technology standards, institutional arrangements, and policies that enable the discovery and use of spatial information. Several SDI-aspects will be studied and analysed, such as: technology, policy, use, standardization, organizational and ethical issues. Anyone who gets involved in setting up or managing a proper GIS related project needs to be familiar with the concepts of spatial data infrastructures.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- apply the main concepts of spatial data infrastructures;
- analyse critically spatial data infrastructures developments from multiple perspectives;
- construct a simple network architecture for publishing, discovering and accessing spatial data;
- evaluate a SDI related topic by writing an article;
- analyse various aspects of spatial data infrastructures in an oral presentation and discussion;
- cooperate effectively in a multidisciplinary team.


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 students' groups will work each week on a specific problem related to a real SDI case. At the end of each week a group will have to prepare a presentation on the case of the week. Different presentation techniques will be used.
Apart from group work, students will also have to perform individual assignments such as writing a scientific article and individually presenting a case of the week.
The course materials to solve these case-related problems come from several sources: excursions, lectures presented by material experts, exercises within an internet environment, reader and lists of links to informative web sites.


- individual scientific paper (55%);
- iindividual case presentation (15%);
- group work (30%).
The course guide gives details on the assessment procedure.


Selected papers will be provided depending as the subjects taught and course specific practical manual.
The course guide provides details on literature.

Restricted Optional for: MGIGeo-Information ScienceMSc3WD
MUEUrban Environmental ManagementMSc3WD