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2017/2018 Architecture Master Geomatics
Geo-information Organisation and Legislation
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. B. van Loenen    B.vanLoenen@tudelft.nl
Course Coordinator
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. B. van Loenen    B.vanLoenen@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
4 hours per week
Education Period
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Exam Period
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Course Contents
In this course students will learn about the organisational and legal aspects relevant for developing a strategy for a geographic information infrastructure.
Many organisations, and increasingly also citizens, collect, process and disseminate geo-information (e.g., Google, TomTom, mapping agencies and cadastres). Some information serves a specific purpose, while other information acts as multipurpose or base information, which is the fundament of an information infrastructure. An adequate information infrastructure allows for information to be collected efficiently (collect it once, use it many times) and provides reliable information for effective use in decision-making processes at all levels in government, private sector, academia and among citizens. Legislation is a critical component that needs to be considered to determine whether information can be used for a certain purpose and shared with others.

The course consists of three parts:

1. Theoretical basis for the introduction, organisation and management of (geo-) information infrastructures. Aspects that will be addressed are stakeholders, co-ordination mechanisms and components of an information infrastructure, the affiliation with policy lines like electronic and efficient government.
2. Overview of legislation pivotal to developing geographic information infrastructures. Legal aspects applying to geo-information, such as intellectual property rights, privacy and access to government information legislation, constitute a major part of this course.
3. Practical application of the theory. Students are tasked to write a paper on a SDI topic of their choice.
Study Goals
After this course the student is able to:
- recognize and anticipate upon relevant legal (especially privacy, copyright, database rights, freedom of information law, and data sharing legislation), and organisational issues evolving around the acquisition, processing, dissemination and use of (geographic) information
- understand the needs of potential users of geographic information and their requirements within organisations
- apply the concepts, processes and main components of (geographic) information infrastructures (Data, People (human resources), Policies, Access networks and standards) to support geographic information sharing between organisations
critically assess geographic information management strategies for organisations
-assess the performance of an (geographic) information infrastructure from a user perspective
- analyze moral problems in terms of facts, values, stakeholders and their interests
- give a moral judgement on the basis of data protection and access to government principles/theories and/or frameworks including professional ethics and common sense morality
- morally justify one’s actions and to discuss and evaluate them together with other engineers and non-engineers.
Education Method
Interactive lectures: 28 hours; Individual assignment: 42 hours; self-study: 70 hours.
Written exam (3 hours); individual assignment (report and presentation). Report is 15 pages. The exam will determine 50% of the final score and the individual assignment 50%. Students need to get at least a sufficient grade (6,0) for both the exam and the individual assignment in order to obtain the overall grade for the course.
Specific for the individual assignment part: Missing a deadline results in a grade of 1,0 for the corresponding part. Presentation needs to obtain a 'pass' in order to obtain a final grade for the overall individual assignment part.
Period of Education
Quarter 3
Course evaluation
For the course evaluations see: http://kwaliteitszorg.bk.tudelft.nl/