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Internet GIS


This is an internet based course. The course can only be taken as part of the GIS master program.

Course contents

In this course, you will explore theoretical and practical concepts of Web GIS (Internet GIS). From theoretical perspective you study about advantages and techniques for publishing, visualizing and accessing maps on Internet. This includes architecture of Web GIS/Web mapping systems, markup languages for example HTML, XML, SVG and GML, a scripting language, screen cartography, data sharing and geoportals, spatial web services and OGC standards. From practical perspective you will learn to develop WebGIS/Web mapping applications including static and interactive web mapping systems. You also learn and work with some well known open source software and libraries for developing a Web GIS.

Teaching methods

Teaching consists of lectures and practical exercises that you will submit to the teachers. The course ends with a project.


  • Fu, P., Sun, J. 8 (2010). WebGIS: Principles and Applications, ESRI press. ISBN: 9781589482456. 312 pages.
  • Peng Z. R. and Tsou, M. H. (2003). Internet GIS: distributed geographic information services for the internet and wireless networks, Wiley: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Course coordinator

Course facts: GISN09

Level: Advanced
Credits: 7.5 ECTS
Period: Autumn
Language of instruction: English
Prerequisites: General admission requirements and 90 ECTS, including 30 ECTS in GIS, equivalent to GISA21 and GISA22
Technical prerequisites: PC with Windows 7 or better; Internet connection

Course syllabus (pdf,221 kb, new window)
Reading list (pdf, 93 kb, new window)

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