Our e-Learning training modules provide to the target audience of GeoSmartCity the advanced skills required to cope with the INSPIRE implementation process, knowledge related to Linked Open Data and the documentation and the necessary means to interact, benefit and adopt the GeoSmartCity Infrastructure.


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Level 1: Background Knowledge

Knowledge on Directives/ Technologies. Click the module name for more information and access to the training material.

The INSPIRE Directive and related technologies

Introduction to INSPIRE

The aim of this module is to introduce the INSPIRE Directive, its background, development and expected impact.

Basics of INSPIRE Data Specification

The module aims to teach participants on the INSPIRE data specification development approach. The module explains the standardized approach, the different interoperability components to be taken into account and how this was implemented in INSPIRE. The different steps are described in detail and illustrated with examples in the field of biodiversity. Demonstrations and hands-on exercises are part of the module in order illustrate the method and test it on some use cases.

Basics of INSPIRE Network Services

The module introduces the concept of a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). It describes and illustrates the 5 types of INSPIRE network services (discovery, view, download, transformation and invoking). It explains the link to existing standards of ISO and OGC (e.g. CSW) and also discusses the INSPIRE implementing rules that are applicable including conformity aspects.

Data Harmonisation

This module explains the basic concepts of data harmonisation in general and specifically schema translation.

Procedures for Data and Metadata Harmonization

This Module explains how to transform heterogeneous source datasets and metadata according to the relevant INSPIRE target schemas.

Examples of Data Transformation

This module provides transformation examples of a source dataset into a dataset compliant to the INSPIRE Data Specifications.

Metadata and Data validation for INSPIRE

This module provides validation examples of datasets and metadata against the Requirements of the INSPIRE Data Specifications.

Introduction to Linked Data

The objective of this training module is to acquire know how on the basic concepts of Linked Data principle.


GIS Technologies

GIS Introduction

The main objective of the training module is to provide a gentle and clear definition about what is a GIS, which are the key components of a GIS, which are the inputs of the system, and how important it is the role that geodata plays in the whole system.

Data Visualization & Cartography

Data Visualization&Cartography is a self-learning module designed to explore the basics of cartography, learn how to build better maps and discover different types of data visualization according to new tendencies.

Geo-Crowdsourcing: Open Street Map workflow

The training module seeks to highlight the OSM wokflow: starting with the capture and acquisition of geographical information, to editing and publishing the data.


Thematic Knowledge: Underground Management

Urban drainage & Sewerage

Urban drainage systems have existed for a long time as a vital city infrastructure to collect and convey storm water and wastewater away from urban areas. Nowadays it remains a significant challenge to design an effective functioning drainage system.

Operation And Maintenance Of Underground Assets

Main aspects faced in the operational management of underground utilities are presented in terms of compliance to bureaucracy and legislation as well as in terms of interventions’ planning activity and available technologies.

Water Supply System

A general introduction to Urban Drainage and Water supply system is provided by this module.

Water and wastewater pollution characterisation and sources

The production of waste from human activities is unavoidable. A significant part of this waste will end up as wastewater. The quantity and quality of wastewater is determined by many factors. The module will provide an overview of the water pollution and its origins providing an introduction to water quality guidelines, regulations and performance criteria.

General Aspects Of Waste Water Treatment Plant

This course is designed to offer an overview of the various treatment processes including physical, chemical and microbiological treatment of water and wastewater. The concept of integrated water management will be introduced. Attendants will learn why wastewater must be treated and the systems for water reclamation and reuse. Information presented includes a general descriptions of the equipment and processes used in a wastewater treatment plant.


Thematic Knowledge: Green Energy

The European Energy Policy Strategy

The module traces the path of the European energy policy evolution, starting from the beginning of the common European energy policy (2005) to the present days, highlighting goals, challenges and critical issues.

Energy efficiency in buildings

Overview of the building energy performance assessment activity and its role into improving the global energy consumption into the building sector. The energy performance of buildings correlates with a number of parameters, among these are the construction year, building size and neighbour situation, the type and age of the supply system and the question of already implemented energy saving measures.

The Covenant of Mayors

The Covenant of Mayors (CoM) is the mainstream European initiative involving local and regional authorities in the fight against climate change and developing a more sustainable energy future for our cities.


Level 2: The GeoSmartCity Infrastructure

Knowledge on the technical outcomes and adoption of GeoSmartCity.

The GeoSmartCity Data Models

This self-learning module provides information about the methodology used for the production of the GeoSmartCity data models and the approach used to extend the relevant INSPIRE core schemas.

The GeoSmartCity Specialised Services

This self-learning module provides information about the various GeoSmartCity Specialised Services developed. These services are standardized and re-usable data processing services based on requirements of the GeoSmartCity Pilots.

The GeoSmartCity Data Catalogue

The Data Catalogue facilitates the process of taking a local, file-based dataset and publishing it as a Web Map Service on GeoServer through a web application, without requiring any programming or manual configuration by expert users.

The GeoSmartCity Web and Mobile Clients

This self-learning module provides information about the various software components developed to be used as building blocks of client applications.


Level 3: The GeoSmartCity Pilots

Knowledge on the Pilot applications using the GeoSmartCity Infrastructure.

The GeoSmartCity Pilot Applications

GeoSmartCity has developed 11 a real-life operational scenarios in 8 EU countries. This training module contains at least one weblecture for each of Pilot applications developed describing the aim and implementation of each of the Pilots.