Land Governance and Geographic Information in a Societal Context


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

Students must have a bachelor degree in surveying, land management, urban planning, environmental planning, geography or study programs with similar contents.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Students who complete the module will acquire the following knowledge, skills and competencies:

Learning objectives


  • about the role of geographic information and spatial data infrastructures (SDI) as a basis for societal infrastructures in large, including land administration systems (LAS).
  • of principles of data collection, structuring and management geographic information – including property related data in land administration systems
  • about standardization activities – including INSPIRE – and the national implementation here of
  • about spatial data infrastructure in the Nordic countries - exemplified by the development of land administration systems
  •  of technologies and organizational structures for building and managing geographic information systems (GIS)
  •  of the role of SDI in e-Government


  • be able to identify core issues – of both a legal, ethical, technical,  environmental, organizational, economic and social nature – in relation to the development and implementation of SDI in support of societal infrastructures.
  • be able to understand geographic information technology as an element in land administration systems and e-government
  • be able to understand the importance of standardization and data quality, including the understanding of metadata
  •  understand the collection, management, distribution and use of geographic information - for example in relation to Public Participation GIS


  • in advising on the understanding and use of geographical information
  • in advising on the development and implementation of SDI, GIS  and LAS

Type of instruction

Lectures, workshops, seminars, assignments, presentations.



Name of examLand Governance and Geographic Information in a societal context
Type of exam
Active participation and/or written assignment
Permitted aids
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleStyring af arealanvendelsen og geografisk information i en samfundsmæssig kontekst
Module codePGLLANK15101
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Planning and Surveying
DepartmentDepartment of Planning
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design