GI Standards


This course's main objectives: LO 1-Raise awareness among students of the importance of standards in the field of geoinformation; LO 2-Provide information about the structure of standards, as well as processes and their results; LO 3-Provide information on the content of essential and relevant standards such as data quality, spatial structure and map concept and features of web services (WMS and WFS); LO 4-Explore the use of space as standard WMS and WFS using practical examples. 

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Peter Wolfgang Reinhardt


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language

Portuguese. If there are Erasmus students, classes will be taught in English




Wolfgang Kresse and Kian Fadiae (2004): ISO Standards for Geographic Information. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg. ISBN: 3-540-20130-0 Course lectures (online materials) More literatures could be found in course lecture slides

Teaching method

E-Learning Synchronous tools: Synchronous Sessions - Teacher / Class; Videoconferencing sessions, self-assessment exercises. Asynchronous tools Discussion forum Access to Content Platform

Evaluation method

Final Exam (75 %); Comprehension Controls (15 %); Exercises (10 %).

Subject matter

LU 1-XML and UML: Introduction into XML; Introduction into UML class diagrams. LU 2-Standardization by ISO and OGC: ISO - the International Organization for Standardization; The ISO process of standardization LU 3-Syntactical and semantic interoperability LU 4-Geodata quality: Concept of quality and quality management; ISO standards for quality of geodata LU 5-ISO and OGC geometry structures: OGC Abstract Specifications; Definitions: feature, feature collection, element property, geometric property; Spatial schema and Simple Features; GML LU 6-Accessing geodata via the Internet: Internet and web service basics; Web service architectures; National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI); Overview on OGC Web Service (OWS) Interfaces; Understanding the purposes of OWS; Combination of OWS in a Spatial Data Infrastructure; Exemplifying functionality of Web Map Services and partly Web Feature Services