857109 Geographical information systems

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Bauer, Thomas
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


General definitions, examples of application
- What are geodata?
- Data models: difference between raster and vector data
- Geometry, thematic and topology in geodata
- Coordinate reference systems: Geoid - mathematical reference surfaces - map projections
- Height reference systems
- Global navigation satellite systems
- GIS data formats in general
- Basics of geodatabases
- Data analysis with GIS (geoprocessing)
- Interpolation methods
- Elevation models
- Geodata in Austria
- WebGIS: online map services
- Metadata
- Cartography

Previous knowledge expected

Basic computer knowledge

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

The aim of the course is to teach the basics of geographic information systems. In the lecture part, the general functioning of a GIS and its possible applications are taught. The focus of the exercises is to teach the students how to work practically with a GIS (ArcGIS or QGIS). The basic functionality of a GIS is practised on the basis of a project (vector and raster data available).
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.