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Short course: Introduction to GIS Standards

The two day course provides an introduction to international standards for geographic information, including topics such as, 'What is a standard?', standardization organizations, the standard development process, importance of geographic information standards and a number of case studies. These topics are presented against the background of standardization in South Africa's spatial data infrastructure (SDI). Three CPD points can be obtained for successful completion of the course. The course is presented by Dr Serena Coetzee and Mr Antony Cooper, both actively involved in national and international standardization efforts. Dr Coetzee leads the project for a South African address standard, the international project on address standardization (ISO 19160, Addressing) and chairs the Programme Maintenance Group (PMG) of ISO/TC 211, Geographic information/Geomatics. Mr Cooper is the convenor for Working Group 7 in ISO/TC 211 and chair of SABS SC71, Geographic information committee, the local mirror commitee of ISO/TC 211.

When Aug 29, 2011 08:00 AM to
Aug 30, 2011 05:00 PM
Where University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Contact Name
Contact Phone +27824644294
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ISO/TC 211, Geographic information/Geomatics, has produced a number of standards on geographic information. The aim of this standardization work is to establish a structured set of standards for information concerning objects or phenomena that are directly or indirectly associated with a location relative to the Earth. These standards, amongst others, specify methods, tools and services for acquisition, processing, management, analysis, access, presentation and transfer of geographic information in digital format between different users, systems and locations. ISO/TC 211 collaborates with the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc (OGC) on standards development. OGC publishes specifications for geospatial and location based services, among these the more well known are the Web Map Service (WMS) and the Web Feature Service (WFS). During this course the practical use of geographic information standards will be demonstrated. Upon completion of the course, delegates will know how to read, interpret and implement a geographic information standard. A selected number of ISO/TC 211 and South African national standards, such as ISO 19115, Geographic information - Metadata, the South African address standard (SANS 1883) and some OGC web service standards, will be studied during the course.

The course is aimed at people working in the GIS industry. A basic knowledge of GIS is helpful but not required.

The University of Pretoria is an accredited higher education provider. Three CPD points will be obtained for successful completion of the course.
An assignment must be handed in for each module for assessment. A University of Pretoria certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of all assignments. Full-day attendance on campus for 2 days of 8 hours each is required.

An assignment for each module must be given in for assessment and a University of Pretoria certificate will be awarded on successful completion of all assignments. Full-day attendance on campus for 2 days for 8 hours each day is required.

In the course the following will be addressed:
• International standards on geographic information
• Abstract, meta-, information and service standards
• Implementation of a standard for geographic information
• Conformance with a standard for geographic information
• A number of standards will be selected as study material for the course

Upon completion of the programme, delegates should be able to:
• Know where to find international standards on geographic information
• Be able to read and interpret a standard
• Understand how to implement a standard
• Be able to determine whether a standard implementation conforms to
the standard

Dr Serena Coetzee and Mr Antony Cooper

The course fee is R4,800 per delegate.

For online enrolments please visit: or complete the enrolment form and fax it to +27 12 362 5285. For more information contact: Ms Mickaele Jenkins, Event Coordinator, Tel: +27 12 420 6342, Email:

Dr Serena Coetzee, Programme Leader, Tel: +27 12 420 3823, Email:

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