Spatial Data Infrastructure

Subject GEOM90015 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours, comprising of two hours of lectures per week and 24 hours of projects and labs per semester
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Professor Abbas Rajabifard

Subject Overview:

This subject presents the principles, concepts and design strategies for the development of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI). The subject will discuss technologies and disciplines to facilitate the development of SDIs as an enabling platform. It will also examine related disciplines such as land and marine administration as well as technical areas such as interoperability, web-mapping and web-delivery to better meet sustainable development objectives.

Topics covered include SDI concepts and theory (principles, issues, hierarchy and sustainable development); Current SDI initiatives; SDI Development Strategies and Development Models; SDI as an enabling Platform; SDI and Spatially Enabled Government and Society; SDI and Partnerships Approaches; Financing SDI Development; Challenges for Developed and Developing Countries; Capacity Building for SDI; Marine SDI and Seamless SDI; SDI Development-Institutional and Technical Aspects; Policy and Privacy Issues; SDI and Land Administration; Metadata, Standards and Clearinghouse; SDI Application areas; SDI Benchmarking; SDI Implementation


On successful completion of this subject students will have the ability to:

  • Identify and discuss SDI principles and issues, institutional arrangements supporting SDI initiatives, the need for effective and efficient design and development of SDIs
  • Review a variety of technologies for developing and maintaining SDIs
  • To understand and analyse a range of local and overseas approaches to SDI development in both developed and developing countries
  • Model design and evaluate SDI and other related spatial data initiatives
  • One 2-hour written examination, end of semester (50%)
  • One major assignment of 3000 words, due end of the semester (25%)
  • Two practical exercises and reports of not more than 1000 words over the first eight weeks of the semester (15%)
  • One selected topic presentation over the semester (10%)

Prescribed Texts:
  1. Rajabifard A (2007), Towards a Spatially Enabled Society. The University of Melbourne Press
  2. SDI cookbook (2004), produced by the GSDI Association ( )
  3. Williamson, I.P., Rajabifard, A. and Feeney, M.-E. (2003). Developing Spatial Data Infrastructures: From Concept to Reality. Taylor and Francis
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On successful completion students should have:

  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Understanding of social, cultural, global, and environmental responsibilities and the need to employ principles of sustainable development
  • Ability to communicate effectively witht he engineering team and wit the community at large
Related Course(s): Master of Geographic Information Technology
Master of Information Technology
Master of Information Technology
Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Master of Spatial Information Science
Ph.D.- Engineering
Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Geomatics)

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