Geoinformatics is the science of the nature and function of spatial information ( geo-information ) as well as their acquisition, storage, analysis, visualization, interpretation and dissemination. It is a branch of applied computer science and forms the scientific basis for location-based apps, spatial data infrastructures and geographic information systems (GIS). Common to all applications of geoinformatics is their relation to spatial issues.


The study of geoinformatics is often taught along with surveying (geodesy studies). Geoinformatics is an interdisciplinary science. As an applied computer science it combines computer science and geosciences.

Courses are offered in Germany, Austria and Switzerland at some universities at the bachelor 's or master's level. An overview of programs and locations can be found on the company's website for Geoinformatics ( GfGi ) under study information. There is also the current core curriculum Geoinformatics (version 1.3 ) for download.


Essential contents of geoinformatics are:

  • Development and management of databases for geographic information ( geospatial data management)
  • Acquisition, modeling and analysis of geo-information
  • Development of software tools for Geo ( Geographic Information Systems )
  • Visualization and presentation of geo-information
  • ( Internet-based ) dissemination of geospatial information

Branches of Geoinformatics include, without limitation:

  • Surveying
  • Geodesy
  • Cartography
  • Photogrammetry
  • Remote Sensing
  • Image processing
  • Spatial reference systems
  • Technology of geographic information systems ( GIS)
  • Internet technology
  • Engineering Mathematics ( Calculus, Statistics, analytic geometry )
  • Applied computer science (databases, programming languages, computer graphics, algorithms )
  • Communications technology ( information coding, transmission )
  • Copyright

Applications of Geoinformatics after Ehlers:

  • Natural resource management and land use
  • Environmental studies and compatibility
  • Card design and production, land
  • Site analysis and planning
  • Public Planning and Development
  • Telecommunications planning
  • Spatial data services (web services, SDI)
  • Investment management, supply networks
  • Integrated traffic management ( traffic navigation, scheduling )
  • Business Geomatics ( eMarketing, planning, sales )
  • Risk Review ( disasters, anthropogenic / natural hazards )
  • Health Sciences (epidemiological analyzes)
  • 3D visualization, augmented reality
  • Mobile GIS, location-based services
  • E -commerce, eMobilien