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CS 573 — Geo Databases
(dt. Geo-Datenbanken)

Level, degree of commitment Specialization module, compulsory elective module
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (2 SWS), recitation class (2 SWS),
180 hours (60 h attendance, 120 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
6 CP
Course requirement(s): Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises as well as at least 2 presentations of the tasks.
Examination type: Oral or written examination
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for the degree program M.Sc. Computer Science.
One semester,
Zweijährlich im Wintersemester
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. Bernhard Seeger


  • Introduction to extensible database systems
  • Modelling of spatial data: vector data and raster data
  • Query processing in spatial databases
  • Indexing techniques for spatial databases
  • card coverage
  • Algorithms of computational geometry
  • Commercial Geo-Information Systems
  • Moving objects

Qualification Goals

  • Acquisition of knowledge for the extension of object-relational database systems for geo applications,
  • Principles of basic algorithms and data structures for spatial databases,
  • Knowledge about the data models for spatial data,
  • Query processing in spatial databases,
  • Dealing with spatial information systems and spatial database systems,
  • Practice of scientific working methods (recognition, formulation, solving problems, training of abstraction skills),
  • Training of oral communication skills in the exercises by practicing free speech in front of an audience and during discussion.


None. The competences taught in the following modules are recommended: either Algorithms and Data Structures or Practical Informatics II: Data Structures and Algorithms for Pre-Service-Teachers.


Module imported from M.Sc. Computer Science.

It can be attended at FB12 in study program(s)

  • B.Sc. Data Science
  • B.Sc. Computer Science
  • M.Sc. Data Science
  • M.Sc. Computer Science
  • M.Sc. Mathematics
  • LAaG Computer Science

When studying M.Sc. Mathematics, this module can be attended in the study area Minor subject Computer Science.

Recommended Reading

  • P. Rigaux, M. Scholl, A. Voisard: Spatial Databases with Application to GIS, Morgan Kaufmann
  • H. Samet: The Design and Analysis of Spatial Data Structures, Addison-Wesley
  • M. Berg, M. Kreveld, M. Overmars, O. Schwarzkopf: Computational Geometry, Springer.
  • T. Brinkhoff: Geodatenbanksysteme in Theorie und Praxis, Wichmann.

Please note:

This page describes a module according to the latest valid module guide in Winter semester 2019/20. Most rules valid for a module are not covered by the examination regulations and can therefore be updated on a semesterly basis. The following versions are available in the online module guide:

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