Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the student can list the most important Finnish environmental/spatial data sets, identify the difference between commercial and open data. The student knows INSPIRE.  The students identify the importance of metadata specifications of data sets and the generic description of data base design process as well as the role of spatial data bases in organizations. The student can access environmental/spatial data sets and identify the challenges in integrating data from different sources.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 09.09.2020 - 21.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Jussi Nikander

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jussi Nikander

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Storage and access of environmental and geographical data sets; software for processing environmental data; dissemination of environmental data in spatial data infrastructures;  producers of digital environmental and geographical data in Finland.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Examination and assignments

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures (24), assignments (60), self-study and preparation for exam (48), and exam (3)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture notes and additional literature

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact the teacher in charge

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    programming skills

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    15 Life on Land