Part of the MSc in Geographical Information Science (Modular Access for Part-Time Study)
This course provides a broad introduction to the methods of representing the real world and storing geospatial information.
Lectures explain the theory behind storage models and structures, emphasising vector and raster models, with a review of 2.5 (layer-based) and 3-dimensional and temporal structures. The course introduces database management systems and database methods in the context of GIS, ISO and Open GIS standards.
A practical stream provides a robust introduction to SQL using the Oracle relational database management system and an exercise in digital terrain modelling.
Tuesdays From 17th Sep 2013 (5 weeks)