Exercise on Geo-Information Systems

In the exercises you will learn how to start working with geographic information systems and acquire skills in selected processing steps of a GIS, which will be useful for working on the later case studies.


You want to get a spatial picture of the distribution of a given number of test persons (customers of a company, members of an association, participants in a business event, students in a course of study, etc.). To do this, the address data of the test persons is geocoded, prepared and then cartographically visualized.

Services of general interest

Explore your local environment with regard to services of general interest. For example, you could look at the infrastructure in areas such as health, education. Look at leisure time and compare it with current equipment standards. The focus is on simple functions for data preparation and the creation of a thematic map.


In addition to the official weather stations of the national weather services, many citizens make the weather data of their home stations available online. Investigate to what extent these data are suitable for supplementing the official weather station network, which is usually very sparsely distributed over the area. In particular, simple statistical measurements should be calculated, time series analysed and interpolation approaches compared.

Particulate matter in large German cities

Particulate matter is monitored nationwide by the Federal Environment Agency, with measurements being taken at around 200 measuring stations. These are too few to make a reliable statement about the air quality in cities. Therefore, in this exercise the official measurement data will be enriched with data from privately operated stations such as the openSenseMap project.

Sustainable Development Goals

Extensive data collections are openly available on the 17 sustainability goals of the United Nations (UN). Using an indicator, you can evaluate and interpret the situation worldwide. The focus is on simple functions of data preparation and the creation of a thematic map.

Local geoinformation: Exploration of the geodata sitiuation at a location of your choice

In the exercise, you will deal intensively and systematically with the local situation of geodata using Internet research. For this purpose, you are to find out for your place of work (or another place of your interest) which geoinformation is available in digital form (in the form of geographic base data such as real estate cadastres or topographic maps, as as well as thematic geodata e.g. planning and environmental data from official, corporate or social domains).

Each example results in thematic evaluations in the form of maps, diagrams and assessments, which are compiled in a written document written according to scientific rules.

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Sustainable Development Goals