Course code InfT5055

Credit points 2

Geodata Management and Protection

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation19.01.2022

Responsible UnitInstitute of Computer Systems and Data Science

Course developers

author prof.

Pēteris Rivža

Dr. habil. sc. ing.

author Datoru sistēmu un datu zinātnes institūts

Laima Bērziņa


author lect.

Nauris Pauliņš

Mg. sc. ing.

Course abstract

Master students learn to understand the basic concepts and practices of geographic information systems (GIS), to apply organizational skills in file and database management. The course covers GIS analysis to solve geospatial problems and research. The course develops skills to use GIS tools when creating maps, as well as to perform problem analysis using GIS. Examples of the interdisciplinary use of geospatial information in relation to the environment are considered. The course provides a practical insight into solving the problems of protection of geographic information systems.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

As a result of mastering the course students:
• know about geodata management systems and methods, existing risks and methods for their identification (tests);
• have skills to create and maintain a geodata management system in the organization in accordance with regulatory enactments and standards, to use basic information protection tools in practice (tests, independent work);
• are able to work in a group or to work independently, to use modern methods and tools of geodata management and protection, as well as to convince participants and argue their opinion (tests, independent work).

Course Content(Calendar)

1 Introduction and overview of spatial data management. (1h)
2. Database structures - ordered and indexed lists, hierarchical, network, relational, object-oriented, hybrid structures. (1h)
3. Metadata - standards and practices, creation, maintenance, dissemination and control. (1h)
4. Systems analysis and analysis approaches - methods for designing computerized spatial systems. (1h)
5. Object orientation - an overview of theory and practice. (1h)
6. Data specification formats, interoperability and spatial data processing. (1h)
7. Open source geospatial database management systems - Postgres / PostGIS and SQL with QGIS. (1h)
8. Industry standard database management systems - Oracle and SQL with ESRI ArcGIS. (1h)
9. Development of an appropriate database structure for GIS analysis using GeoPackage Geodatabase. (1h)
10. Classification and analysis of geospatial database management systems. (1h)
11. Evaluation and practical approach of spatial data management systems using open source as well as industry standard database systems and GIS tools. (1h)
12. Specific problems of geodata protection. (1h)
13. Regulatory framework for geodata protection. (1h)
14. Identification and analysis of risks of geodata information systems. Information systems risk management. (1h)
15. Security policy of geodata information systems, its elements. (1h)
16. Terms of use of geodata information systems. Creating an information and data protection security culture in the company. (1h)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Test with a mark.
Two tests must be writen and one independent work must be developed.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

The student chooses a topic from the proposed topical topics (can offer their own topic) and prepares a report (10-15 pages) and presentation. Both the report and the presentation with a presentation are evaluated.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The assessment of the test depends on the cumulative assessment of the semester:
Test 1: 35 points
Test 2: 35 points
1. independent work: 30 points
The final mark of the course consists of 2 marks of a test and a mark of a permanent work.

Compulsory reading

1. Paul A. Longley, Michael F. Goodchild, David J. Maguire, David W. Rhind Geographic Information Systems and Science. John Wiley & Sons, 2005. , 517 pages
2.Geographic Information Systems: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (4 Volumes), Information Resources Management Association (USA), 2013., 2102 pages.
3.Paul Bolstad GIS Fundamentals: A First Text on Geographic Information Systems, Sixth Edition., XanEdu Publishing Inc, 2019., 764 pages
4. Tipon H., Krause M. Information security Management Handbook. Boca Raton [etc.] : Auerbach Publications, 2007. (RTU: Centrālā bibliotēka). Nav LLU FB. Ir ALEPH Kopkatalogā.
5. Michael E. Whitman, Herbert J. Mattord Management of Information Security 6th Edition. Cengage Learning, 2018., 672 pages

Further reading

1. Croswell Peter L. The GIS Management Handbook. Kessey Dewitt Publications, 2009. 314 p.
2. Whitman Michael E., Mattord Herbert J. Principles of Information Security 6th Edition. Cengage Learning; 6th edition, 2017. 656 p.
3. Smith Richard E. Elementary Information Security 3rd Edition., Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2019. 708 p.
4. Andress J. Foundations of Information Security: A Straightforward Introduction., No Starch Press., 2019. 248 p.
5. Kim D., Solomon Michael G. Fundamentals of Information Systems Security 3rd Edition. Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016. 548 p.

Periodicals and other sources

Technical Resource and Course Web Site for Cryptography and Network Security. [Skatīts 04.10.2020] Pieejams:
Geodata management and modeling. [Skatīts 16.01.2022] Pieejams:


Full-time studies of the academic higher education master's study program “Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing”