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Answering multidisciplinary issues with spatial data

Do you want to learn how to use geo information in a domain such as ICT, urban renewal or economy? Do you want to be able to carry out an individual research project in the domain of spatial information at a host institute? Are you ready to become an independent researcher in the GI Fields?

How to prepare Geo data to be used for geographic analysis and visualization?
The Geo Information Minor allows students to develop their skills in Geographic Information Science and focuses on learning by doing. The students are challenged to become independent researchers as they design and carry out various research assignments supervised by experts in the GI field.

The Geo Information Minor was created by five universities (VU, UU, WUR, TUD, UT) and is currently being offered by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Utrecht University. During the minor you will meet teachers from both universities.

The use of geo information has seen a huge rise in a growing number of domains. Economy (geomarketing), archaeology, water management, ICT, policy, health care, spatial planning and urban renewal are just a few examples.

In the first two months of the minor you will learn more about different spatial data sources, processing and analysis techniques and visualization methods. For this you will be trained to work with specialized GIS software as well as introduced to work with the scripting language python. 

After this period you will follow a two month intership at a societal host (company or government) where you will help the host answer geographic questions using spatial data and technology.

Our partner list is constantly changing and growing. In the past, students were able to carry out internships at:

- Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken -  Brabant Water -    Rijkswaterstaat – Deltares - ESRI NL - Gemeente Den Haag – Gemeente Utrecht - Gemeente Rotterdam -  Geodan BV – Kadaster – Kieskompass - Waterrecreatie Nederland - Netherlands Forensic Institute - Climate Adaptation Services -  Waag Society – Waterschap Limburg – VanderSat – Vereniging Deltametropool - Ministry I&M -  Port of Rotterdam

among many others… 

Furthermore, you can choose two specialisations at two universities after the internships.

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Related VU master’s programmes: 

Geology & Geochemistry

Earth & Climate 

Overview courses

  • Geo-data

    Geo Data - or Geospatial data, spatial data or geographic information - is data referenced to a place recorded as a set of geographic coordinates. Everything happens somewhere and often taking into account the location of an event or phenomena is important in understanding it. we use Geographic Information systems to capture, manipulate, analyse and visualize data. 

    In this course you will get an insight into the ways in which the geo data is obtained and learn in a structured way to assess the applicability of the geo data. You will use Open Data and Remote Sensing and assess, among other, its thematic and spatial quality. You will be able to identify the requirements of the geo data in order to solve a spatial problem. In addition, you will prepare your geo data so that it is suitable for the geographic analysis and visualization.

  • Geographic Analysis and Visualization

    Geographic Analysis and Visualisation (GeoAnVis) provides, next to the module "Geo Data", the basic knowledge for the Geo Information minor. In this course you gain will gain insight in both the concepts and the practical skills related to spatial analysis and visualisation.

    We will use different methodologies and tutorial assignments to understand how to go from data to information in order to support decision making.

  • GI Research assignment

    This has an internship format and students carry out an individual research project in the domain of spatial information at a host institution.

  • Specialization electives

    You have to choose one specialization course to deepen your knowledge. You can choose between:

    Land Use Change at the VU (6EC) or Advanced GIS (7.5 EC) at the UU. 

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“As a student from a policy ourses from the GI Minor allowed me to use GIS techniques to tackle these problems engineering background I have learned that many of today’s challenges are spatially related. The cand approach them in an interdisciplinary way.” Floris Boendermaker - Did an internship at Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken