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Disaster Mapping and Management

Support of Humanitarian Activities for Disaster Management by means of Innovative Technologies and Services

User-generated geodata originating from OpenStreetMap or Social Media in combination with official geographical information from public administrations has become an important asset for disaster management purposes. Processing and aggregating these different kind of data sources enables humanitarian aid organisations and emergeny responders to obtain a comprehensive view of the specific catastrophe on site. Furthermore this aggregated data has great value to help determine the risks and potential impact in regards to the aftermath of such an event. To utilize the potential of this information we develop innovative services based on close collaboration woth relevant stakeholders and users.

Services

  • Development and deployment of Disaster Maps and services to support disaster management teams and humanitarian operations
  • Development of tools and services for monitoring and quality assurance of Volunteered Geographic Information
  • Improving Collaboration of volunteers and professional humanitarian organisations by providing innovative tools and services

Cooperations and Partners

Selected References GIScience Heidelberg


Further Projects - Publications - PhD Thesis

Further Information

News
03.12.2017 00:20
Deadline extended to Dec. 10th: ISCRAM GIS Track - Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

Final CALL FOR PAPERS: ISCRAM has extended the Deadline to December 10 15th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2018) May 20-23, 2018, Rochester, NY, USA https://iscram2018.rit.edu/submissions Track: Geospatial Technologies and Geographic Information Science for Crisis Management (GIS) https://iscram2018.rit.edu/sites/rit.edu.iscram2018/files/docs/ISCRAM_2018_track_GIS.pdf Deadline for paper submissions: December 10, 2017 Track Description With disasters and disaster management being an “inherently spatial” problem, [...]

21.11.2017 07:38
Keynote at ‘Fachaustausch Geoinformation’ Heidelberg / Meet GIScience Heidelberg and HeiGIT

The regional GI Conference “Fachaustausch Geoinformatik” of the GeoNet.MRN is taking place on this Thursday Nov 23rd at the Print Media Academy Heidelberg. Prof. Alexander Zipf is giving one keynote about analysis and usage potential of free and open geodata. He will present some of the related work of the GIScience Research Group Heidelberg and [...]

07.11.2017 16:27
CALL FOR PAPERS: GIS track of ISCRAM, International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

CALL FOR PAPERS 15th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2018) May 20-23, 2018, Rochester, NY, USA https://iscram2018.rit.edu/submissions Track: Geospatial Technologies and Geographic Information Science for Crisis Management (GIS) https://iscram2018.rit.edu/sites/rit.edu.iscram2018/files/docs/ISCRAM_2018_track_GIS.pdf Deadline for paper submissions: December 03, 2017 Track Description With disasters and disaster management being an “inherently spatial” problem, geospatial information and technologies have been widely [...]

17.10.2017 10:06
Keynote at DLR.Open OpenGeoData Open Data Science Workshop

Today Prof. Alexander Zipf is giving an invited keynote speech at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen, the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. The DLR organises a two day workshop called “DLR.Open II - Open Data Science und Open Geodata“. This is the second workshop on Open Data [...]

08.09.2017 17:38
Disaster OpenRouteService now active in the Caribbean, North America (incl. Mexico) and Bangladesh

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) is currently coordinating OSM mapping activities as response to Hurricane “Irma” which is affecting the islands of the Caribbean and Florida, as well as to the severe floods in Bangladesh. Besides these two heavily affected regions, in the early morning hours a severe earthquake with magnitude of 8.1 hit Mexico. In [...]

10.08.2017 08:56
HeiGIT/GIScience Heidelberg partnership with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)

We are happy to hereby announce the official partnership of the HeiGIT/GIScience Research Group Heidelberg and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)! The GIScience Research Group at Heidelberg University has been supporting the use of OpenStreetMap for humanitarian and disaster management purposes already since 2008 when the first instance of the Disaster and Emergency OpenRouteService was developed [...]

19.06.2017 20:45
New Disaster OpenRouteService for Africa, South America and Indonesia released, supporting humanitarian logistics with OSM more sustainably

Recently HeiGIT @ GIScience Heidelberg released a dedicated stable disaster version of OpenRouteService (ORS) to support humanitarian logistics within specific regions of catastrophes with data from OSM in a more sustainable way. Since his start in 2008 OpenRouteServivce had been spontaneously applied for specific real world disaster cases already numerous times, for instance during the earthquakes in [...]

07.05.2017 09:17
Monitoring and Assessing Post-Disaster Tourism Recovery Using Geotagged Social Media Data

Tourism is a economically highly important industry. It is, however, vulnerable to disaster events. Geotagged social media data, as one of the forms of volunteered geographic information (VGI), has been widely explored to support the prevention, preparation, and response phases of disaster management, while little effort has been put on the recovery phase. A recently [...]

04.05.2017 10:35
GIScience support for German Red Cross

Following the example of the British, American and Netherland Red Cross, who are as the GIScience Research Group Heidelberg all members of Missing Maps and have been collaborating with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and our research group for a couple of years, the German Red Cross (GRC) organized their [...]

27.04.2017 22:51
GIScience support for Crowdsourced Damage Assessment project at Stanford University

In the aftermath of natural disasters an assessment of the impact and damage in the affected area is crucial to enable coordination of response and recovery. While the disaster preparedness and response activations by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team in regard to infrastructure mapping have already proven great potential in various disaster events, due to a [...]

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