Modern Data Acquisition Methods


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

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

Learning objectives


  • the role of geoinformation in e-Gov
  • spatial data infrastructure (SDI),standardisation of geographic information according to ISO, Open Geospatial Consortium, and INSPIRE
  • the role of crowd sourcing in data collection (Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), Citizen Science, and PPGIS)
  • available data sources like Copernicus and various geoportals like the Danish Data Distribution portal
  • remote sensing using satellites, UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) and laser scanning systems (aerial and land based)
  • modern methods for distributing geospatial information
  • handling and storing geospatial information
  • the use of modern data acquisition methods for developing applications in smart cities, precision farming, and environmental monitoring


  • being able to compare and assess different data acquisition technologies.
  • being able to understand the principles of handling huge amounts of geographic information (Big Data)
  • being able to understand the importance of standardisation and data quality, including the use of metadata
  • being able to understand the importance of geographic information in solving societal challenges


  • in advising on the selection of appropriate data acquisition methods for specific applications
  • in advising on the use of different data handling methods

Type of instruction

Lectures, workshops, seminars, assignments, presentations.



Name of examModern Data Acquisition Methods
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
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 titleModerne metoder til tilvejebringelse af geodata
Module codePGLLANK17104
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 Sustainability and Planning
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design