Geographical Information Infrastructure
2009-2010 - GEO3131 - 10 ECTS


  • GEO3111 - Geographical Information Technology
  • IMT2261 - Information Structures and Database Systems

Expected learning outcomes

After completing this course, students will understand the meaning of the term Geographical Information Infrastructures (GII), know how GII is organised in Norway and internationally, and also know what a "Geodata Policy and Plan" for an organisation should contain.
The students also will learn about and gain experience in the technology for distributing geographical information using the Internet.


  • Geographical Information Infrastructures in Norway (Norge digitalt, and in the world (INSPIRE, GSDI...)
  • Geodata Policy and Plan (for a single organsation)
  • Basics of geomatic economics
  • Technology for geodata publishing using the Internet, incl Geography Markup Language (GML), Web Map Server (WMS), Web Feature Server (WFS)
  • Geospatial Clearinghouses and Metadata

Teaching Methods

Net Support Learning

Form(s) of Assessment

Portfolio Assessment

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

Portifolio Assessment is based on a portifolio consisting of 4 group based submissions and an individual oral examination. Grading is a total evaluation based on 3 selected submissions (1chosen by the student and 2 by the teacher), and the oral examination.

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

Coursework Requirements


Teaching Materials

Selected parts of the follwing covers main topics:

  • Lake R et al, 2004: GML Geography Mark-Up Language. Wiley, ISBN 0-470-87154-7
  • Nebert D (ed), 2004: Spatial Data Infrastructure Cookbook v2.0, downloadable from
  • European Union: INSPIRE directive of Jan 16 2007, PE-CONS 3685/06

Complete list will be available in the Study Guide available at startup time.