Open Source GIS
2009-2010 - GEO1231 - 3 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

The course will give the students an introduction to the Open Source software development philosophy, and current open source software projects within the field of Geographic Information Systems. The student shall be able to use selected software products.


  • Background and philosophy of open source
  • How to contribute to open source
  • Overview of open source GIS
  • Examples of open source GIS and free data
  • Desktop applications
  • Client-Server applications
  • Software libraries

Teaching Methods


Teaching Methods (additional text)

Video Lectures, Exercises

Form(s) of Assessment


Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

Assessment of 2 hand-ins.

Grading Scale


External/internal examiner

Internal examiner

Re-sit examination

No re-sit

Coursework Requirements


Teaching Materials

Hall, G. Brent, Leahy, Michael G. (Eds.) (2009) Open Source Approaches in Spatial Data Handling, ISBN: 978-3-540-74830-4 e-ISBN: 978-3-540-74831-1

Additional information