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Open Source GIS


This is an internet based course that can only be taken by students of the GIS master program.

Course contents

Open Source GIS and volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) are two most important concepts in today’s GIS. This course starts with introduction to open source and participation in open source projects. You then review examples of open source software in GIS. This part also includes practical exercises for working with some open source GIS software. The course ends with discussion on VGI.

Teaching methods

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


Please find the literature list in this pdf.


Course coordinator

Course facts: GISN04

Level: Advanced
Credits: 7.5 ECTS
Period: Spring
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, 91 kb, new window)

For current students