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Geo-web app building with open-source GIS tools

This course focuses on the process of designing and building a web application for geodata visualization and dissemination from a spatial problem-solving perspective using open-source GIS tools.

Short course Geo-web app building with open-source GIS tools

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At the start of the course, you will be presented with a web application that has been developed in response to a particular geospatial challenge. Throughout the course, you will learn the theoretical concepts and practical skills that are necessary to be able to recreate this application by yourself! 

From scratch, step-by-step, you will rebuild the app while learning core notions and state of the art techniques for spatial data management, analysis, and visualization, basic programming skills for geo-problem solving, as well as hands-on training for setting-up of a geodatabase and embedding geo-products in web-based services using open-source GIS tools. 

The course revolves around a didactic case study on food security in Burundi, East Africa. You will learn how to build a geospatial web application that serves to better understand producers’ accessibility to food markets in that country. At the end of the course, you will reflect on possible ways to adapt the tool to tackle a real local problem in your country.  

This course builds on the foundations of GIS and Geovisualization knowledge acquired in the short course: Introduction to GeoInformatics and prepares the participant to think innovative in solving GIS related problems.

For whom is the course relevant?

This course aims at staff from governmental organizations and private companies who are specialized in the field of geographic information and web map-oriented production using GIS. An important goal of this course is to train participants to solve spatial problems independently, preparing them to take on supervisory tasks in the domain of GIS and geo-visualization. Furthermore, the course provides excellent opportunities for participants to broaden, deepen and update their knowledge, techniques and perspectives within the geo-visualization production environment.

What is the course content?

The course is structured in 5 thematic learning units that are taught simultaneously in 4 sequential modules of 3 weeks each. Learning outcomes are defined per unit and evaluated progressively at the end of each module.

  • Learning unit 1 – Introduction

    This is a short unit that aims to introduce you to the faculty and the course, provide a general context and some basic concepts. You will also explore the prototype of the web application that you will reproduce during the course.

  • Learning unit 2 – Spatial databases

    In this unit, you will learn the fundamental concepts on how to design and create a relational database, how to retrieve information from it and how to integrate it to a web application.

  • Learning unit 3 – Spatial analysis

    In this unit, you will have the chance to explore different spatial analysis techniques and reflect on the potential of spatial data analysis as a tool to solve geo-spatial problem

  • Learning unit 4 – Basic programming for web-applications

    In this unit, you will discover the potential of computer languages to enlarge 'Desktop' GIS capabilities, both in terms of analysis and web dissemination.

  • Learning unit 5 - Web-based Geo-operations, -visualization and –dissemination

    In this unit, the focus is on the development of web-mapping applications by making use of Web services or by visualizing data using web standards (like HTML, CSS and JavaScript). You will be coached to think and work in systematic procedures, including web- and application design, data exploration, appropriate coding based on standards.

What will be achieved?

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to: 

About your diploma

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Certificate which will include the name of the course. 

Along with your Certificate you will receive a Course Record providing the name, and if applicable, all the subjects studied as part of the course. It states: the course code, subject, exam date, location and the mark awarded.

Admission requirements

Academic level and background

Applicants for this certificate course should have completed their secondary education in a discipline related to the course specialization and have at least three years of relevant practical experience.


The faculty accepts transcripts, degrees and diplomas in the following languages: Dutch, English, German, French and Spanish. It is at the discretion of the faculty to require additional English translations of all documents in other languages as well.

English language

As all courses are given in English, proficiency in the English language is a prerequisite.

If you are a national of one of the countries in this list (PDF), you are exempted from an English language test.

Please note: the requirements when applying for fellowships may vary according to the regulations of the fellowship provider.

English language tests: minimum requirements

Only internationally recognized test results are accepted.

TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT)


TOEFL Internet-based Test


British Council / IELTS



C2 Proficiency / C1 Advanced

Online English tests during COVID-19

We acknowledge the difficulties experienced worldwide in taking the compulsory language test, due to the Covid-19 situation. Alternative English tests can be:

Please note that other online English language tests (i.e. IELTS Indicator test, Cambridge online test, etc.) will not be accepted.

Computer skills
If you lack computer experience we strongly advise you to follow basic courses in your home country.

CoVid-19 Update

If due to CoVid-19 related restrictions by the starting date it is not possible to travel to The Netherlands or attend lectures in person the course can be followed online.

Key information

CROHO code
Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
12 weeks
100% English-taught
Tuition fees
Full period 2021 / 2022
full-time, institutional
€ 3.651
Additional costs
Cost of living, full programme
€ 2.494
Insurance, full programme
€ 149