Geographical Information Science
Reference CHGEOA00000018
Taught in Major Course List for Master of GeographyMajor Course List for Master of GeographyMinor Course List for Master of GeographyMinor Research for Master of Geomatics and Surveying
Theory (A) 30.0
Exercises (B) 10.0
Training and projects (C) 0.0
Studytime (D) 150.0
Studypoints (E) 5
Credit contract? Access is determined after successful competences assessment
Examination contract? This course can not be taken through an exam contract
Credit contract mandatory if Exam contract? Separate credit contract mandatory
Retake possible? Yes
Teaching Language Dutch
Lecturer Nico Van de Weghe
Department WE12
Key Words

Geographic information science, spatio(-temporal) modelling, geographic information system, geoinformatics

Position of the Course

Geographic Information Science (GIScience) is the part of information science that handles geographical information. The central goal of GIScience is in optimizing Geographic Information Systems (GISystems).The aim of this course is to get a profound insight with respect to the fundamental aspects of geographic information systems, more specific in geographic information science.


- Representation of spatial data- (conceptual) modelling of spatial data (e.g.: spatial databases)- Reasoning about spatial data- Generation of spatial algorithms- Network analyses- Research of spatial relations- Qualitative calculi of space - Semantics and ontologies of spatial information- Spatial similarity measures- Structure of spatial information

- Navigation (e.g. location-based services)

- Artificial intelligence and decision support systems in GISBesides specific attention to spatial data, specific attention goes to spatio-temporal data (e.g. moving objects) and fuzzy/incomplete data.

Starting Competences

General concepts concerning geographic information systems and geographic information science.

Final Competences

Profound knowledge and insight in the fundamentals of geographic information science and geographic information systems.

Teaching and Learning Material

Cost: 0.0 EUR


Price: costs of photocopies.


Egenhofer M.J. and Golledge, R.G., 1998, Spatial and temporal reasoning in geographic information systems.Longley, P.A., Goodchild, M.F., Maguire, D.J. and Rhind, D.W., 2005, Geographic information systems and science.Worboys, M.F., 2001, GIS: a computing perscpective.

Study Coaching

Practical exercises: possibility to obtain individual explanation.

Teaching Methods

Ex cathedra lectures, practical exercises under supervision and through ELO.

Evaluation Methods

Theory: examination.Exercices: periodical.

Examination Methods

Written and oral examination.

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