Municipal Geographic Information Systems


a) To be able to recognize the functions and strengths of a GIS Office in a municipality;
b) To be able to identify the strategy of a Municipal GIS and recognize their structuring valences;
c) To recognize the nature of municipal geographic information;
d) To be able to recognize the structural projects of geographic information to develop a local authority;
e) To be able to develop projects at local level for spatial analysis for geographic information municipal with acquisition, integration and integration of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Rui Pedro de Sousa Pereira Monteiro Julião


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language





Davis, E. D. (2003). GIS for Everyone. Redlands: Esri Press.

Fleming, C. (Ed.) (2005). The GIS Guide for Local Government Officials. Redlands: Esri Press.

Holdstock, D. A. & Hinton Jr., C. A. (Ed.) (2013). Strategic GIS Planning and Management in Local Government. CRC Press

Krouk, D. (2005). The future of GIS on the Internet. American Planning Association.

Masser, I.,Campbell, H., Craglia, M.(ed.) (1996). GIS diffusion: the adoption and use of geographical information systems in local government in Europe. London and Bristol, PA : Taylor & Francis.

O´Looney, J. (2000). Beyond Maps: GIS Decision Making in Local Government. Redlands: Esri Press.

Teaching method

Expositive classes using Information and Communication Technologies and Geographic Information Systems.

Invited experts will be also invited to shre the experiences of working qith GIS at local level.

Classes take place in a room equipped with one computer per student, with all the necessary software.

Individual or group work using specialized tools (hands on) with self-realization of planned activities with knowledge application.

Evaluation method

The philosophy of discipline is based on the development of a project, problem orientated, identified by the student within the objectives of the course. [100%](100%)

Subject matter

1) Municipal Organization and Geographic Information Systems.
1.1) Organizational Structure.
1.2) Functions and Strengths of the Departments.
2) Planning and Territory Management.
2.1) Legal and Ethical Issues in the use and dissemination of Geographical Information
3) Goals and competences of a Municipal GIS: Foundations and Strategies.
3.1) Organization and Management of Geographic Information in the Municipality.
3.2) Case Studies of Geographic Information in the Municipality.
3.3) Strategic Components of a Municipal GIS.
3.4) Structure and evolution of a Municipal GIS.
4) Development of a Municipal GIS project.