Course Description

Geospatial information refers to the information that identifies the geographic location and characteristics of natural or constructed features and boundaries on or about the earth. This technology can be used for scientific investigations, resource management, and development planning. Our Certificate in “Geospatial Information in Statistics” looks at geographic information systems and how they apply to official statistics. It provides learners with the knowledge to describe the nature of geographic information systems across various domains and appreciate case study work on geographic information systems in statistics.

Course outline:


  • Geospatial statistics in context
  • What is geographic information science?
  • The nature of geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Main knowledge domains linked to GIS
  • Origin and evolution of GIS
  • Foundations of spatial representation in GIS
  • Spatial data structures
  • Spatial relationships
  • Spatial data infrastructures
  • GIS and official statistics – GIS as a basis for storing statistical information, GIS and census operations, and the use of remote sensing for statistics
  • Exploration of online examples of GIS applications
  • Case study work on GIS in official statistics

Course Goals

11 Dec 2023 13 Dec 2023
8 Hours/Day
Course Details
SCB_2023 Comprehensive Test In-Person


Marco Painho

Full Professor

Marco Painho is currently Fulll Professor of NOVA Information Management School (NOVA IMS). Coordinates the Master of Science Program in Geospatial Technologies (Eramus Mundus) and the Master in Geographic Information Systems and Science.

Research interests include Geographic Information Systems, Natural resource Information Systems, Information Integration, Crowed Sourced Geospatial Information, Spatial Analysis, GIS Education and Information Infrastructures.

He holds a Bachelor degree in environmental Engineering by the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, a Master of Regional Planning (MRP) by the University of Massachussetts, a Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (Ph.D.) by the University of California and Habillitation Geographic Information Systems by the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

He was NOVA IMS'Director between 2000 and 2010.

He is the author and editor of over 200 publications including books, boks chapters, papers and articles in national and international conference proceedings. Has coordinated over 100 research and develpment, consulting and international cooperation projects.

Has had the following duties: Member of the scientific Committee of the European Environmental Agency Portuguese representative of the Thematic cooperation group: Earth Monitoring and Observation(IV Framework Program - environment and cliamte) Member of the Management Board and Steering Committee of the european Topic Centre for Nature Conservation, Paris.

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