Postgraduate Diploma or MSc
Spatial Information Management

With the emergence and extensive use of GIS (geographic information systems) there is a need for an appreciation of the importance and characteristics of the underlying spatial information and its limitations.
The Irish Spatial Data Infrastructure initiative has emphasised the need to manage spatial information in a more proactive manner than heretofore.
This programme aims to provide post-graduate education for improving and integrating the managerial and technical skills associated with the use of spatial information.

Programme Information

All details of progromme content, delivery, assessment, entry requirements and application procedures are available from the DIT Postgraduate Programme listing.

Research Thesis (Semester 4)

Students who undertake the MSc programme carry out research on a dissertation topic of their choice.
The following is a listing of theses undertaken to date. Click on the title to see the abstract.

Students 2009/10 Topic
Desmond O'Connor Identifying Hazardous Locations on the National Secondary Road Network
Fernando Fernandez Valverde Assessment of the potential use of LIDAR& GIS technologies in raised bog studies
Gemma Weir A review of intl. best practice in the capture& management of geospatial data ..
Hugh Mangan An investigation into the role of GI & GIS in the development& implementation ..
Laura Farrell A comparative analysis to identify the most suitable type of spatial data for ..
Patrick O'Flaherty The integration of Geographic XML schemas in Local Authority data for ..
Rudolf Dorrepaal Major Emergency Management in Ireland: The next step
William Hynes Spatial Data Framework for Development Plan Prep. within the Irish Planning Sys.
Sharyn McMenamin The Application of Enterprise GIS& Spatial Data Management within the Smart Grid

Target Audience

The programme is weighted towards existing professionals with varying levels of experience and qualification in spatial information provision and management (engineers, geographers, surveyors, IT professionals, etc.)
Potential learners targeted by the programme are:

  • The GI research community
  • Government departments, State agencies, local authorities and
    utilities responsible for acquiring spatial data, managing GI, preparing
    GI strategies for their departments/ agencies, and using GI in the
    production and delivery of their services;
  • Software and hardware system suppliers and developers;
  • Private sector spatial data and GI providers
  • Private sector GI service providers (including those who undertake data audits, data cleansing, data formatting, etc.)
  • Professionals from related disciplines (geographers, geologists, engineers, and IT specialists) who wish to enhance their GI skills.Managers / policy makers who control procurement of GIS systems (akin to Directors of Services)

More Information

The Postgraduate Diploma and MSc programmes in Spatial Information Management were validated by DIT on June 9th 2006.
Delivery of the course has been taking place since September 2007.

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