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Serena's research focuses on the ever-increasing volumes and distribution of geographic information. The research is multi-disciplinary in nature, mainly within Geographic Information Science and Computer Science. Serena received her PhD on data grids, spatial data infrastructures (SDIs) and address data. Specific research interests include spatial data infrastructures, addressing, geographic information standards, geospatial web services and open source for geospatial software.
A current collaboration with the University of Namibia in Windhoek (Namibia) looks at different spatial data infrastructure modelling approaches for a number of African countries. A recent collaboration with the Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Poland under the
South Africa/Poland agreement on cooperaton in science and technology
investigates volunteered geographic information for spatial data infrastructures and gepoportals. A number of projects have been funded in past years, amongst others, by the
National Research Foundation (NRF)
Department of Trade and Industry
, and the
Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI)
As a member of the ‘
Commission on Geoinformation Infrastructures and Standards'
and the '
Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies
' of the
International Cartographic Association
(ICA), Serena contributes to their research work. She is also a member of ‘
WG IV/5 - Distributed, Web-based Geoinformation Services and Applications
’ of the
International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
JournalsAntony K Cooper, Harold Moellering, Jan Hjelmager, Petr Rapant, Tatiana Delgado, Dominique Laurent, David M Danko, Paloma Abad, Ulrich Düren, Serena Coetzee, Adam Iwaniak, Abbas Rajabifard, Michel Huet, and Jean Brodeur (2013).
, A spatial data infrastructure model from the computational viewpoint International Journal of Geographical Information Science, ISSN: 1362-3087, DOI: 10.1080/13658816.2012.741239.
Malete Daniel Sebake and Serena Coetzee (2013). Address Data Sharing: Organizational Motivators and Barriers and their Implications for the South African Spatial Data Infrastructure, International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructure (IJSDIR), ISSN 1725-0463, Vol 8.
Byron Ludwig and Serena Coetzee (2013). Implications of security mechanisms and service level agreements (SLAs) of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) clouds for geoprocessing services. Applied Geomatics, ISSN 1866-9298, 5(1), pp1-8, DOI: 10.1007/s12518-012-0083-3.
Victoria Rautenbach, Serena Coetzee and Adam Iwaniak (2013). Orchestrating OGC web services to produce thematic maps in a spatial information infrastructure, Computers Environment and Urban Systems, ISSN 0198-9715, 37:107 - 120, DOI: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2012.08.001.
Serena Coetzee and Sanet Eksteen (2012). Tertiary education institutions in Africa: Cloudy with a chance of GISc education in some countries. South African Journal of Geomatics, ISSN 2225-8531, 1(2): 119-132.
Malete Daniel Sebake and Serena Coetzee (2012). Results of three case studies for assessing motivators and barriers of address data sharing in South Africa. South African Journal of Geomatics, ISSN 2225-8531, 1(1): 32-43.
Serena Coetzee (2012). Reference model for a data grid approach to address data in a dynamic SDI. Geoinformatica, (2012) 16:111-129, DOI: 10.1007/s10707-011-0129-4.
Serena Coetzee (2011). Results from a normative dependency analysis of geographic information standards. Computer Standards and Interfaces 33(2011), pp. 485-493, DOI: 10.1016/j.csi.2011.02.004.
Antony K Cooper, Serena Coetzee and Derrick Kourie (2010).
Perceptions of virtual globes, volunteered geographical information and spatial data infrastructures, Geomatica, 64(1), 2010, pp73-88.
Serena Coetzee and Judith Bishop (2009). Address databases for national SDI: Comparing the novel data grid approach to data harvesting and federated databases, International Journal of Geographic Information Science (, IJGIS) 23(9), September 2009, pp1179-1209.
Serena Coetzee, Antony K Cooper, Gavin Fleming and Inge Netterberg (2009). SACJ Guest Editorial: Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G), The South African Computer Journal (SACJ), No 43, July 2009, pp1-2.
Serena Coetzee and Antony K Cooper (2007).
What is an address in South Africa?, South African Journal of Science (SAJS), Nov/Dec 2007, 103(11/12), pp449-458.
Serena Coetzee and Judith Bishop, A new way to query GIS on the web, IEEE Software, May/June 1998, 15(3) pp 31-40.
Serena Coetzee (2012). Standardization guidelines for national address infrastructures, based on ISO 19160, Addressing. In:
, edited by J Lux and P Vivas, Bureau of the Universal Postal Union, Berne, Switzerland, pp94-98. Addressing the World - An address for everyone. The white paper
Francis Harvey, Adam Iwaniak, Serena Coetzee and Antony K Cooper (2012). SDI past, present and future: a review and status assessment. In: Spatially Enabling Government, Industry and Citizens: Research and Development Perspectives, edited by Rajabifard A, Crompvoets J, Kalantari M and Kok B, GSDI Association, 2012, pp23-38.
Antony K Cooper, Serena Coetzee and Derrick G Kourie (2012). An assessment of several taxonomies of volunteered geographic information, in Discovery of Geospatial Resources: Methodologies, Technologies, and Emergent Applications, edited by L Diaz, C Granell and J Huerta, ISBN 978-1-466-60945-7, IGI Global, Hershey, USA, pp21-36.
Serena Coetzee and Judith Bishop (2010). Multi-disciplinary contributions from a geospatial research project on distributed address management in Selected Papers in GI Science, edited by AR Dasgupta, GIS Development Pvt. Ltd., Noida, India, pp75-85..
Serena Coetzee and Judith Bishop (2009).
An analysis of technology choices for data grids in a spatial data infrastructure in Spatial Data Infrastructure Convergence: Research, Emerging Trends, and Critical Assessment B van Loenen, JWJ Zevenbergen and JA Besemer (Editors), Nederlandse Commissie voor Geodesie/Netherlands Geodetic Commission, 48, 2009.
Peer-reviewed conferencesAntony K Cooper, Serena Coetzee and Derrick Kourie (2012).
Assessing the quality of repositories of volunteered geographical information, GISSA Ukubuzana 2012, Ekurhuleni, South Africa, 2-4 October 2012.
Dinao Elmon Tjia and Serena Coetzee (2012). Land administration domain model: application to the City of Johannesburg land information system, South Africa, GISSA Ukubuzana 2012, Ekurhuleni, South Africa, 2-4 October 2012.
Kisco Sinvula, Serena Coetzee, Antony K Cooper and Martin Hipondoka (2012). Exploring the potential suitability of an SDI model in context of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure of Namibia, GISSA Ukubuzana 2012, Ekurhuleni, South Africa, 2-4 October 2012.
Samy Katumba, Serena Coetzee and Adri de la Rey (2012). An assessment of spatial data availability for renewable energy planning in sub-Saharan Africa, GISSA Ukubuzana 2012, Ekurhuleni, South Africa, 2-4 October 2012.
Sanet Eksteen, Serena Coetzee and Christopher Grundling (2012). Tertiary GISc education at African universities: Is the sun shining in South Africa?, GISSA Ukubuzana 2012, Ekurhuleni, South Africa, 2-4 October 2012.
Victoria Rautenbach, Serena Coetzee, Julian Smit, Ivan Muzondo and Heindrich du Plessis (2012). Identifying the target audiences, media and messages for SDI education and training in South Africa. GISSA Ukubuzana 2012, Ekurhuleni, South Africa, 2-4 October 2012.
Wiafe Owusu-Banahene and Serena Coetzee (2012). An evaluation of the suitability of open source web map servers for setting up a geospatial thematic web map service, GISSA Ukubuzana 2012, Ekurhuleni, South Africa, 2-4 October 2012.
Serena Coetzee and Antony K Cooper (2012). Opportunities for research and innovation from involvement in standards development – Experiences of two researchers, International Conference on Education in Standardisation (ICES) 2012 and WSC Academic Day, Bali, Indonesia, 9-11 May 2012, 6 pages, ISSN 2252-9357.
Victoria Rautenbach, Serena Coetzee, Adam Iwaniak, and Marek Strzelecki (2012). Results of an evaluation of the orchestration capabilities of the ZOO project and the 52º North framework for an intelligent geoportal. XXII ISPRS Congress 2012, Melbourne, Australia, 25 August – 1 September 2012, 6 pages. 20.
Dinao Elmon Tjia and Serena Coetzee (2012). Towards a profile of the land administation domain model (LADM) for South Africa. GSDI-13, Quebec, Canada, 14-18 May 2012, 12 pages.
Serena Coetzee, Simon Cox and John Herring (2011). Configuration management of a system of interdependent standards ( slides). 7th International Conference on Standardization and Innovation in Information Technology (SIIT), Berlin, Germany, 28-30 September 2011.
Antony K Cooper, Petr Rapant, Jan Hjelmager, Dominique Laurent, Adam Iwaniak, Serena Coetzee, Hal Moellering and U Dueren (2011). Extending the formal model of a spatial data infrastructure to include volunteered geographical information, 25th International Cartographic Conference (ICC), Paris, France, 3-8 July 2011.
Adam Iwaniak, Iwona Kaczmarek, Tomasz Kubik, J Lukowicz, Witold Paluszynski, Derrick G Kourie, Antony K Cooper and Serena Coetzee (2011). An intelligent geoportal for spatial planning. 25th International Cartographic Conference (ICC), Paris, France, 3-8 July 2011.
Serena Coetzee, Antony K Cooper and Jeofrey Ditsela (2011). Towards good principles for the design of a national address assignment scheme. 25th International Cartographic Conference (ICC), Paris, France, 3-8 July 2011.
Daniel Sebake and Serena Coetzee (2011). On motivators and barriers of interorganizational GIS data sharing for address organizations in a South African SDI. AfricaGEO 2011, Cape Town, South Africa, 31 May-2 June.
Jeofrey Ditsela, Serena Coetzee and Antony K Cooper (2011). Proposed criteria for the evaluation of an address assignment scheme in Botswana, AfricaGEO 2011, Cape Town, South Africa, 31 May-2 June.
Heinrich van den Berg, Serena Coetzee and Antony K Cooper (2011). Analysing commons to improve the design of volunteered geographic information repositories, AfricaGEO 2011, Cape Town, South Africa, 31 May-2 June.
Antony K Cooper, Serena Coetzee, Iwona Kaczmarek, Derrick Kourie, Adam Iwaniak and Tomasz Kubik (2011). Challenges for quality in volunteered geographic information, AfricaGEO 2011, Cape Town, South Africa, 31 May-2 June.
Antony K Cooper, Serena Coetzee and Kevin Ravno (2010). Some thoughts on geovirtual environments, position paper for the ASPRS/AutoCarto 2010 Workshop on Virtual Globes or Virtual Geographical Reality: How much detail does a digital earth require? Orlando Florida, 16 November 2010.
Byron Ludwig and Serena Coetzee (2010). A comparison of platform as a service (PaaS) clouds with a detailed reference to security and geoprocessing services, WebMGS 2010, 1st International workshop on Pervasive Mapping, Geoprocessing and Services, Lake Como, Italy, 26-27 August 2010.
Antony K Cooper, Derrick Kourie and Serena Coetzee (2010).
Thoughts on Exploiting Instability in Lattices for Assessing the Discrimination Adequacy of a Taxonomy, Concept Lattices and Their Applications FCLA 2010, Seville, Spain, 19-21 October 2010.
Serena Coetzee, Antony K Cooper, Morten Lind, Martha McCart Wells, Sara W Yurman, Ed Wells, Nick Griffiths and Michael J Nicholson (2008). Towards an international address standard, GSDI-10 Conference, 25-29 February 2008, Trinidad and Tobago.
Serena Coetzee, Antony K Cooper, Inge Netterberg, Gavin Fleming (eds) (2008). , ISBN 978-0-620-42177-1, Cape Town, South Africa, 29 Sept - 3Oct 2008. Proceedings of the academic track of the 2008 FOSS4G Conference, incorporating the GISSA 2008 Conference
Abdullah al Rahed, Serena Coetzee and Magnus Rademeyer (2008).
A data model for efficient address data representation - Lessons learnt from the Intiendo address matching tool, Academic track of the 2008 FOSS4G Conference, incorporating the GISSA 2008 Conference, pp200-213, ISBN 978-0-620-42177-1, Cape Town, South Africa, 29 Sept - 3Oct 2008.
Antony K Cooper and Serena Coetzee (2008). The South African address standard and initiatives towards an international address standard, Academic track of the 2008 FOSS4G Conference, incorporating the GISSA 2008 Conference, ISBN 978-0-620-42177-1, pp58-70, Cape Town, South Africa, 29 Sept - 3Oct 2008.
Serena Coetzee and Antony K Cooper (2008). Can the South African address standard (SANS 1883) work for small local municipalities?, Academic track of the 2008 FOSS4G Conference, incorporating the GISSA 2008 Conference, ISBN 978-0-620-42177-1, pp71-81, Cape Town, South Africa, 29 Sept - 3 Oct 2008.
Serena Coetzee and Antony K Cooper (2007). The value of addresses to the economy, society and governance - a South African perspective, 45th Annual Conference of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), 20-23 August 2007, Washington DC, USA.
Md. Ahsan Arefin, Md. Shiblee Sadik, Serena Coetzee, Judith Bishop (2006). Alchemi vs Globus: a performance comparison, 4th International Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, December 19-21, 2006, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Serena Coetzee (2011). Introduction to Spatial Data Infrastructures, SDI workshop, AfricaGEO pre-conference workshop, Cape Town, South Africa, 30 May 2011
Serena Coetzee (2011). Why international address standardization matters. Third Polish Conference on Free and Open Source Software for Geoinformatics, Wroclaw, Poland, 12-13 May 2011.
ISO/TC 211 G eographic information/Geomatics (2011) . Review summary of Project leader and editor: Serena Coetzee. ISO 19160, Addressing,
Serena Coetzee (2010). Addresses for the World, Geospatial World, Noida, India, November 2010, pp48-50.
Antony K Cooper and Serena Coetzee (2010). ISO 19160, Addressing, invited presentation at the Universal Postal Union Addressing Conference, Berne, Switzerland, 9 November 2010.
Serena Coetzee, Antony K Cooper, Piotr Piotrowski, Morten Lind, Martha McCart Wells, Ed Wells, Nick Griffiths, Michael J Nicholson, Ram Kumar, Joe Lubenow, Joe Lambert, Carl Anderson, Sara Yurman, and Ruth Jones (2010). More than location - What address standards tell us about addresses, ISOFocus+, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Geneva, Switzerland, June 2010, pp44-45.
Serena Coetzee, Antony K Cooper, Piotr Piotrowski, Morten Lind, Martha McCart Wells, Ed Wells, Nick Griffiths, Michael J Nicholson, Ram Kumar, Joe Lubenow, Joe Lambert, Carl Anderson, Sara Yurman, and Ruth Jones (2010). What address standards tell us about addresses (long version), ISOFocus+ Online, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Geneva, Switzerland, June 2010.
Serena Coetzee (2010). The Addressing project by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), invited presentation at the 1st European Address Conference, Brussels, Belgium, 15 June 2010.
Serena Coetzee (2009).
The road ahead for South Africa's homegrown address standard, Editorial in PositionIT, ee Publishers, Muldersdrift, South Africa, Nov/Dec 2009, p3.
Serena Coetzee and Magnus Rademeyer (2009). Testing the spatial adjacency match of the Intiendo address matching tool for geocoding of addresses with misleading suburb or place names, International Cartography Conference, Santiago, Chile, 15-21 November 2009. Serena Coetzee and Judith Bishop (2009).
A data grid approach to sharing address data from municipalities, Map Africa 2009, Midrand, South Africa, 17-18 September 2009.
Serena Coetzee (2009). , PhD dissertation, An analysis of a data grid approach for spatial data infrastructures presentation (2.2 MB PDF) University of Pretoria, March 2009.
Serena Coetzee (2008).
How standardized addresses can spatially enable government, 3rd Annual Spatially Enabled Government Conference, 15-17 July 2008, Midrand, South Africa.
Serena Coetzee (2008). Address data exchange in South Africa, ISO Workshop on address standards: Considering the issues related to an international address standard, Copenhagen, Denmark, 25 May 2008.
Serena Coetzee, Morten Lind and Antony K Cooper (eds) (2008). , ISBN 978-1-86854-689-3, 25 May 2008, Copenhagen, Denmark. Proceedings of the ISO Workshop on address standards: Considering the issues related to an international address standard
Serena Coetzee (2008). Feedback on the work towards an international address standard, presented at the South African Address Standard (SANS 1883) Workshop, Geo-Information Society of South Africa (GISSA) AGM, 5 March 2008, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Serena Coetzee and Antony K Cooper (2008). South African address standard, PositionIT, ee Publishers, Muldersdrift, South Africa, Jan/Feb 2008, pp52-53.
Status report on the SANS 1883 - Database for addresses, IMIESA, October 2007, 32(10), pp54-55.
Serena Coetzee (2007). AfriGIS embarks on NAD on the Grid research project, Innovate, 2007, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Serena Coetzee (2007). South African Address Initiative, South African Street Address Initiative workshop at the Geo-Information Society of South Africa (GISSA) Conference 2007, 6-8 June 2007, Durban, South Africa.
Serena Coetzee (2007). Keynote address: Strategically managing customer data spatially for optimal performance, Fifth Annual GIS 2007, 1-2 May 2007, Melbourne, Australia.
Serena Coetzee, Antony K Cooper and Paul Strydom (2007). Spatial standards make your life easier, , Jan/Feb 2007, ee Publishers, Muldersdrift, South Africa. PositionIT
Serena Coetzee (2006).
Address standard for South Africa, , Sept/Oct 2006, ee Publishers, Muldersdrift, South Africa. PositionIT
Serena Coetzee and Judith Bishop (2002).
GIS and the Internet, ParCo 2002, Minisymposium: High performance GIS: from Parallel Algorithms to Systems, Naples, Italy.
Serena Coetzee (1997).
About a distributed open spatial query mechanism, 2nd German-SA Workshop in IT Research, November 1997, Gernsbach, Germany.
Serena Coetzee (1997). A distributed open spatial query mechanism, MSc Thesis, University of Prertoria, Pretoria, South Africa, 1997,
, joint research grant under the South African - Namibia research partnership programme bilateral agreement (2012-2013) Modelling a national health spatial data infrastructure for Namibia
, GSDI Small Grants Program (2012/3) Developing a framework for South African SDI education and training
, desktop study for Eskom (2011-2012) Availability of spatial information for power planning in sub-Saharan Africa
, University of Pretoria Research and Development Programme (2010-2012). Improving institutional address data with volunteered geographic information (VGI)
, joint research grant under the SA/Poland agreement on cooperation in science and technology (1 April 2010 - 31 March 2012). Volunteered geographical information (VGI) for spatial data infrastructures (SDI) and geoportals South African Address Standard (SANS 1883) Workshop, GSDI Small Grants Program (2007/8).
GIS 120, Introduction to Geoinformatics (2012-)
UNI 792, GIS project (2011-)
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COS 326, Databases systems (2007-2010)
COS 151, Introduction to Computer Science (2009-2010)
COS 130, Introduction to programming (2006-2008)
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