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drs. B.J. Köbben (Barend)

Senior Lecturer

About Me

I hold an MSc in Geography, specialising in Cartography, from Utrecht University in The Netherlands. I worked for 9 years as a Lecturer in cartography at that university and then moved to the International Institute for Geo-information Sciences and Earth Observation ( ITC) in 1997. The ITC is an international school providing courses on GIS and Remote Sensing to students from all around the world, ranging from short courses, through 12 month Professional Master and 18 month MSc degree courses, as well as a PhD programmes. Since 1 January 2010, ITC is a Faculty of the  University of Twente. Currently I am Senior Lecturer in GIS and cartographic visualisation in the Department of Geo-Information Processing ( GIP) at ITC, and at the University College Twente, the UT's Honours Bachelor College.

My  teaching subjects include Cartographic Theory, WebCartography and WebGIS, Geo-webservices, web application building and 3D visualisation. Furthermore, I supervise the PM Case Study and Final Assignments and MSc theses. Outside ITC, I am involved in teaching  short courses and workshops in Open Source GIS & WebMapping, promoting the use of the Open Source geospatial applications and data.  

Expertise

Gis
Cartography
Document
Teaching
Atlas
Location Based Services
Geographic Information Systems
Disaster
Visualization

Research

I participate in the research activities of the departemental Research Theme STAMP (Spatio–Temporal Analytics, Maps and Processing). My main research interests are:

  • Automated mapping in a services environment, with middleware services and Open Web clients (using the D3 library).
  • Animated vector map services, using among others the RIMapper WMS Open Source platform I developed.
  • The SDIlight concept. The term SDI for Spatial Data Infrastructure may be usually connected with (very) large regional or national spatial data warehouses, but the principles of SDI can also be applied in more simple and cost–effective ways. The down–to–earth approach of SDIlight provides students and researchers with a platform for relatively simple, low–cost, yet powerful ways of sharing data amongst various distributed offices and institutions as well as the general public. To achieve this, we use open standards whenever available and open source solutions where possible.

Publications

Recent Articles
Köbben, B. J., & Lemmens, R. L. G. (2017). ILWIS : een oude (on)bekende : powerpoint.. 1s-14s. GeoBuzz, 's Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.
Coetzee, S., Steiniger, S., Köbben, B. J., Iwaniak, A., Kaczmarek, I., Rapant, P., ... Moellering, H. (2017). The Academic SDI : Towards Understanding Spatial Data Infrastructures for Research and Education. In M. P. Peterson (Ed.), Advances in Cartography and GIScience: Selections from the International Cartographic Conference 2017 (pp. 99-113). Cham: Springer.
Köbben, B. (2016). De nationale atlas : goede kaarten in de nationale GeoData infrastructuur : powerpoint. In Presented at: GeoBuzz, 22-23 November 2016, Den Bosch, The Netherlands (pp. s1-s27)
Köbben, B. (2015). A:shiwi A:wan Ulohnanne - De Zuni Wereld. Geografie, 24(7), 22-24.
Köbben, B. (2015). FOSS4G.PDX.2014 : papers from FOSS4G, Portland 8-13 September, 2014. Portland: The Open Source Geospatial Foundation.
Anand, S., Badard, T., Behr, F. J., Coetzee, S., Delzari, L., & Köbben, B. (Eds.) (2015). Open geospatial science and applications. (ISPRS journal of Geo-Information; No. 4/2). Amsterdam: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI).
Köbben, B. (2014). Reports from the 50th annual summer school : session 8. Society of Cartographers newsletter, (November), 13-14.
Köbben, B., & van Eck, J. W. (2014). Cartografie Ontketend. Geografie, 23(6), 24-27.
Köbben, B. (2014). FOSS4G Nottingham 2013 : proceedings. OSGeo journal, 13, 114-.
Köbben, B. (2014). Cartography from code ...? powerpoint and video. 1-40. Abstract from FOSS4G 2014, Portland, Oregon, .
Köbben, B., & Brus, J. (Ed.) (2014). Middleware Services for Atlases as Part of Spatial Data Infrastructures : abstract + powerpoint. p.50 + s1-s20. Abstract from CartoCon 2014, Olomouc, Czech Republic.
Köbben, B. (2014). A carto dashboard for distributed statistical data : powerpoint. In The Graphical Web 2014, 27-29 August 2014, Winchester, United Kingdom (pp. s1-s55)

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Education

My teaching subjects include Cartographic Theory, WebCartography and WebGIS, Geo-webservices, web application building and 3D visualisation. Furthermore, I supervise the PM Case Study and Final Assignments and MSc theses. Outside ITC, I am involved in teaching short courses and workshops in Open Source GIS & WebMapping, promoting the use of the Open Source geospatial applications and data.  

Affiliated Study Programmes

Bachelor

Master

Courses

Projects

I have been involved in various  consultancy projects in The Netherlands, India, Iran, Italy, Malaysia, Namibia, South Africa, Thailand and Zambia. For a full list see  this page.

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC (building no. 75), room 1-065
Hengelosestraat 99
7514AE  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC  1-065
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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