Topic outline

  • Welcome to the course!

    This year the course will be conducted 100% on-line. The course learning activities consists of exercise sessions and learning sessions.

    • Exercise sessions will be held on Mondays at 14-16 via Teams. Teams will also be used for general communication during the course. Most important announcements will also be given via MyCourses, but the majority will be in Teams
    • Learning sessions will be held on Wednesdays at 10-12 and Thursdays at 14-16 via Zoom.

    Practical work on the course will consist of weekly assignments and creation of a learning diary. Exercises are always on the week following the corresponding learning sessions. There will be no exam. The schedule for the learning sessions on the course can be seen below.



    Learning session topic

    Exercise deadlines

    Wed 9.9




    Thu 10.9


    Spatial data modeling and management


    Wed 16.9


    Data sets in Finland 1

    Round 1

    Thu 17.9


    The INSPIRE directive and data

    Wed 23.9


    Spatial data model technologies

    Round 2

    Thu 24.9


    Technical standards for spatial data

    Wed 30.9


    No learning session

    Round 3

    Thu 1.10


    Learning diary peer assessment

    Wed 7.10


    Spatial metadata

    Round 4

    Thu 8.10


    Infrastructures and cloud services

    Wed 14.10


    Data sets in Finland 2

    Round 5

    Thu 15.10


    Spatial data business (by Juha Saarentaus)

  • Learning sessions will be arranged using Zoom. The zoom link for the learning sessions will be shown here, visible only to students who have registered to the course. 

    The slides and other material from the learning sessions will be added here during the course.

  • The weekly exercise rounds will be added here. Each exercise round consists of three exercises, and a pre-assignment for the next week's learning sessions. The deadline for each exercise round is on Wednesday at 9am (that is, before Wednesday's learning sessions starts).

    The pre-assignment for the first week's learning sessions is given separately, since there's no exercise round before the first sessions.

  • One part of the course is writing a learning diary, which describes your work on the course, and especially how you learn as you work on the course materials. The focus of the learning diary should be in your own learning, and self-reflection. Please remember to work on the learning diary starting from the very first week of the course.

    The learning diary can contain the following:

    1. Description of each learning task (learning sessions, exercises, self-study) you've done on the course. Remember to emphasize what you learned and how working on the material affected your own thinking. This sort of reflection is much more important than just describing what happened. A description does not give any information about what you learned, what you thought about, and how this has allowed you to reflect on your own knowledge.
    2. Any particularly important ideas, conclusions, eureka moments, and such you have during the course
    3. Time-keeping - a rough estimate of how much time you have used for the various learning tasks
    4. Feedback on the course - what you think worked well, what you think worked badly, what you think was especially important or irrelevant
    An appropriate length for a learning diary is between 5 and 15 pages, depending on how broadly you wish to describe your learning and work on the course.

    The learning diary is assessed using a rubric. You will use this rubric when peer reviewing other students' learning diaries, and it will also be the basis for the grading your diary.

    If you want, you can further structure your learning diary using things like the Gibbs’ reflective cycle. The following web resources might be useful:

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