Geographical Information Technology for Web Developers
2009-2010 - GEO5011 - 5 ECTS

On the basis of

  • IMT 4501 XML and Web Technologies
  • IMT 4821 Databases in electronic publishing

Expected learning outcomes

After completed course the students will understand how the geographical reality can be represented in digital form. The students will have knowledge about formats, standards and technologies relevant for linking web based applications to geographical information systems. The students will have experience in developing and preparing web-based applications handling geographical information. The students will know and be able to use results from important research projects in this topic.


  • Geographical reference systems and geotagging
  • Handlig time and historical geographical information
  • Geographical Information in XML (KML and GML)
  • Cartography for webmaps
  • Technologies and methods for handling geographical information on the web (e.g. WMS, WFS, SVG)
  • Geographical information in web applications and web services
  • Location based services

Teaching Methods

Net Support Learning
Project work

Form(s) of Assessment

Oral exam, individually
Evaluation of Project(s)

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

Individual oral examination (30 minutes each student); discussion based on the project work and also relevant general questions.

Final grading based on total evaluation of (group based) project work and individual examination.

Grading Scale

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

External/internal examiner

Internal examiners

Re-sit examination

There is no re-sit examination.

Coursework Requirements

Oral presentation (approved by teacher). The students will present parts of the curriculum as course assignments.

Teaching Materials


  • Davis, 2007: GIS for Web Developers, ISBN 0-9745140-9-8
  • Lake, 2004: GML – Geography Markup Language, foundation for the geoWeb. Wiley. ISBN 0-470-87154-7
  • Longley et al, 2005: Geographic Information Systems and Science. Wiley, ISBN0-470-87001-X
  • Peng/Tsou, 2003: Internet GIS. Wiley. ISBN 0-471-35923-8


  • Research papers