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 environmental/spatial data sets available in Finland and identify the difference between commercial and open data. The student knows INSPIRE directive and understands why it has been developed. The student understands the importance of metadata specifications of data sets and the role of spatial data and spatial data management in organizations. The student can access environmental/spatial data sets and identify the challenges in integrating data from different sources.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.09.2022 - 19.10.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: Finnish, Swedish, English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 and abroad.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Examination and assignments

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    13 Climate Action

    14 Life Below Water

    15 Life on Land


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I
    2023-2024 Autumn I

    Enrollment :

    Registration for the course via Sisu (