Research Project

CAP4Access: Collective Awareness Platforms for Improving Accessibility in European Cities & Regions

The objective of CAP4Access is to develop and pilot-test methods and tools for collectively gathering and sharing spatial information for improving accessibility. The aim is to exploit the power of online maps and mobile devices for fostering awareness of barriers for individuals with limited mobility and in turn aid in the removal of such barriers.

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CAP4Access helps integrating disabled communities into society (social sustainability), saving public resources e.g. by helping municipalities to focus expenditures (economic sustainability) and also saving natural resources e.g. by facilitating public transport use (ecological sustainability). Data sources will include “citizen humans as sensors”, sensors in smartphones and Public Sector Information such as data held by local administrations which are of relevance to accessibility (e.g. road surface and width, traffic volumes and speed, elevation, road works). Target groups include people requiring enhanced accessibility; grassroots initiatives supporting people with disabilities; policy-makers, planners and service providers with responsibility for the built environment; and the general public. Rather than setting up a new platform, the tools to be developed will be pilot-tested on established platforms including Wheelmap, WheelchairRouting, and the OSM.

More specifically our research group will participate in developing:

  • Collective tagging: Tools for tagging (human-as-sensor principle), annotating and facilitating the discussion of locations/places and routes/streets within the built environment according to their accessibility/suitability for individuals with limited mobility. Develop a tagging management system to support the collection of user-generated data.
  • Quality assessment of crowd-sourced data: Develop a data quality assessment and management approach.
  • Tools for integration of PSI/sponsored data in OSM based mapping platforms
  • Routing and navigation: Develop and implement a data and model for cityscape navigation for persons with limited mobility.
  • Tools targeting local initiatives for supporting awareness raising and collective action: Enabling local activities for creating awareness and initiating concrete measures for eliminating barriers for people with limited mobility.

This European project is funded for 3 years.

News
03.05.2016 13:50
CAP4Access team active on the European protest day for the equal rights for people with disabilities

May 5th is the European protest day for equal rights of people with disabilities. In this scope the Heidelberg advisory board of people with disabilities organised an event at the Theaterplatz Heidelberg to raise awareness regarding the needs of disabled people. As in the previous year the CAP4access team from GIScience group of Heidelberg [...]

01.05.2016 14:30
Report on the 6th PCC meeting of CAP4Access EU project

The 6th PCC meeting of CAP4Access EU project was held during 21st and 22nd of April in Vienna. Adam Rousell, Stefan Hahmann and Amin Mobasheri attended this meeting from GIScience research group of Heidelberg University. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the progress of deliverables as well as to perform the first experiment [...]

06.04.2016 15:32
OpenRouteService featured in MENSCHEN. das magazin.

Among other great apps OpenRouteService and the corresponding Navigation App developed in our group have been mentioned in the germanwide magazine “MENSCHEN. das magazin.” (~30k copies). The current issue has a special focus on accessibility, where particularly the wheelchair profile of ORS that is currently under development in the scope of the CAP4Access project fits [...]

11.03.2016 11:19
CAP4Access participated in symposium on inclusive society in Heidelberg

Yesterday, the Heidelberg CAP4Access team contributed to an symposium on the topic of inclusive society that was held in the old congress hall in the historic center of Heidelberg. The symposium was organized by Stiftung Lebenshilfe Heidelberg. We have presented some of our latest  CAP4Access developments, particularly the accessible route planning profile of OpenRouteService, on [...]

22.02.2016 11:16
Evaluation of EU project on Improving Accessibility with OpenStreetMap

The second year evaluation meeting of CAP4Access project took place on February 17th, 2016 at European Commission in Brussels. Representatives of all project partners presented the results and work-in-progress of their tasks for the second year of the project, followed by questions from two external reviewers appointed by the European Commission. From CAP4Access team at GIScience group [...]

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