Long-term experience in online education

The Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS at University of Salzburg offers online study programs in Geoinformatics since 1993. As a founding member of UNIGIS International Association – the international network of UNIGIS partner universities – the UNIGIS Salzburg team and faculty under the lead of Prof. Dr. Josef Strobl is dedicated to share their long-time experience in the field of Geoinformatics with UNIGIS students worldwide.

The flexibility of the distance-learning format tailors UNIGIS study programs to the needs of working professionals:

  • UNIGIS allows to continue the professional career while studying
  • our programs are designed to support individual, flexible time management
  • our study materials are subject to continuous development and we focus on using multimedia learning platforms
  • we offer our students a unique combination of in-depth Geoinformatics expertise and methodological competence
  • we update UNIGIS participants with the latest developments in the field of Geoinformatics
  • UNIGIS study programs complement general concepts and methodological foundations of Geoinformatics with a lot of hands-on exercises and real-world application examples. Students will be skilled to use the latest versions of different, established GI-software products.

Consequently, our position in the „academic world” differs:

We are not only an educational institution but we do connect the GIS users and GIS suppliers. Nevertheless, we have established the ClubUNIGIS network, an international GIS-Community that provides you with access to several resources and the opportunity of life-long learning.

Numerous experts from the Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS, other academic institutions as well as the GI-industry have designed UNIGIS modules and materials to cover the wide ranging field of Geoinformatics:

Module Responsible author
Academic Work Gudrun Wallentin
Application Development Cornelius Roth
ArcGIS for Server Manfred Mittlböck
Data Modelling and Data Structures Bernhard Castellazzi
Data Sources and Data Acquisition Stefan Prüller
Environmental Monitoring Lukas Mathys
Geodatabase Management Robin Wendel
Geographical Analysis Florian Albrecht
Introduction to Geoinformatics Adrijana Car
LiDAR Remote Sensing and Applications Ivan Tomljenovic
OpenGIS and Distributed GI Infrastures Ainura Nazarkulova
Oracle Spatial Manfred Mittlböck
Project Management and GIS Organization Erika Blaschke
QGIS – An open source GIS Anita Graser
Remote Sensing Peter Hofmann
Spatial Simulation Gudrun Wallentin
Christian Neuwirth
Spatial Statistics Alen Berta
Visualisation and Cartography Caroline Atzl

Strobl, J. (2019):
The Geospatial Capacity Building Ecosystem – Developing the Brainware for SDI.
In: Abbas Rajabifard (Hrsg.), Sustainable Development Goals Connectivity Dilemma. CRC Press – Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton: 213-219.

Traun, C. (2018):
Impulse aus der Praxis – Bereicherung von Forschung und Lehre aus berufsbegleitenden GI-Bildungsangeboten.
In: Kersten, T.P., E. Gülch, J. Schiewe, T.H. Kolbe, U. Stilla (Hrsg.) 38. Wissenschaftlich-Technische Jahrestagung der DGPF und PFGK18 Tagung in München – Publikationen der DGPF, Band 27: 461-464.

Wallentin, G., Hofer, B., Traun, C. (2015):
Assessment of Workforce Demands to Shape GIS&T Education.
In: Transactions in GIS 19(3), 439-454.

Strobl, J. (2014):
Can Brainware keep up with Technology?
In: Geospatial World 9/2014, 40-42.

Roth, C. und G. Wallentin (2012):
Open Source GIS Software in der UNIGIS Fernlehre.
In: Tagungsband der FOSSGIS 2012 – Anwenderkonferenz für Freie und Open Source Software für Geoinformationssysteme. Dessau.

Blaschke, T., Strobl, J., Car, A. und Traun, C. (2011):
Geoinformatik und GIScience in allen Stufen des Bologna-Systems – eine Bilanz an der Universität Salzburg.
In: Seyfert, E. (Hrsg.), Geodaten – eine Ressource des 21. Jahrhunderts. Publikationen der DeutschenGesellschaft für Photogrammetrie,Fernerkundung und Geoinformation, Band 20, Mainz, 9-12.

Strobl, J. (2011):
UNIGIS – Networked Learning over a Distance.
In: Unwin, D. J., Foote, K. E., Tate, N. J. and DiBiase, D. (eds.): Teaching Geographic Information Science and Technology in Higher Education. John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Car, A. (2010):
Quality Aspects in Postgraduate Distance Education: an Example from UNIGIS Salzburg.
In: Donert K. (Hrsg), Using GeoInformation in European Geography Education. Roma, International Geographical Union and Societa Geografica Italiana: 160-169.

Petch, J. and A. Car (2010):
Case of Good Practice 1: UNIGIS. Enhancing Surveying Education through e-Learning.
In: Groenendijk, L. and B. Markus (Hrsg.), FIG Report published by FIG Commission 2 – Professional Education, The International Federation of Surveyors (FIG): 32-36.

Atzmanstorfer K. and R. Resl (2009):
UNIGIS in Latin America 1999-2009: Experiences of a Distance Education Program for GIS in Latin America.
In: Proceedings of the International Cartographic Conference (ICC), 2009. Santiago de Chile.

Strobl, J. and A. Car (2009):
Continuing Professional Education via Distance Learning – Success Factors and Challenges.
In: Oesterreichische Zeitschrift fuer Vermessung & Geoinformation: Proceedings FIG Commission 2 – Conference “Navigating the Future of Surveying Education” Vol. 1.

Traun, C. (2009):
Continuing Professional Education Requirements and Offers in GI within Europe.
In: Jekel, Koller, Donert (Eds): Learning with Geoinformation IV. -Heidelberg, p. 212-219.

Traun, C. und M. Fally (2007):
Problemorientiertes kollaboratives Lernen in online basierten Geoinformatik-Fernstudien.
In: T.Jekel, A. Koller, J. Strobl (Hrsg.), Lernen mit Geoinformation II. – Heidelberg, S. 204-215

Car, A. (2006):
Quality Aspects in Postgraduate Distance Education: An Example from UNIGIS Salzburg.
ESRI Education Conference, Athens, Greece.

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“We, the UNIGIS Team, consider the continuous competent support and intensive tutoring of our students as one of our strengths. During the study programs we don’t constrain our students, but instead we foreground the education of our clients as an introduction to a life-long learning network that extends after the studies.”