Bettina Knorr
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
Room 108, 1. OG
69120 Heidelberg
Tel: +49 (0) 6221 54-5560
Fax: +49 (0) 6221 54-4529
Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology
Berliner Str. 45 (Mathematikon)
D-69120 Heidelberg
Funded by
KTS - Klaus Tschira Stiftung gemeinnützige GmbH

Navigation Intelligence & Location Based Services

Analyses and Utilization of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) from the Crowd for Mobility, Navigation and Routing Services

Navigation and Routing play an important role for different kinds of purposes within the context of mobility. For example logistics companies depend on optimized access routes for freight deliveries, while hikers and cyclists continually seek for individually adapted trails. Answering such individual requirements needs a sophisticated set of specialized routing and navigation profiles, optimized for the specific user. To this end, we process and enhance rich and crowd-generated Volunteered Geographic Information to deliver specific services providing maximum benefit for the user.

Our Services

  • Traffic- and Mobility Solutions, Accessibility Analysis, Data Analysis and Modelling related to Mobility and Transportation
  • Development of Cloud-Services and APIs for specific Routing- and Navigation solutions with global coverage
  • Design and Development of both Web- and Mobile Applications using the Spatial Context
  • Many years of expertise in OpenStreetMap-based Services and Quality Assurance of user-generated content

Selected References GIScience Heidelberg

Further Projects - Publications - PhD Thesis

Further Information

28.06.2017 13:04
Are Crowdsourced Datasets Suitable for Specialized Routing Services? Case Study of OpenStreetMap for Routing of People with Limited Mobility

Using data generated from the crowd has become a hot topic for several application domains including transportation. However, there are concerns regarding the quality of such datasets. As one of the most important crowdsourced mapping platforms, in a recent study (1) we analyze the fitness for use of OpenStreetMap (OSM) database for routing and navigation [...]

24.06.2017 10:11
Introducing LABS.OpenRouteService.org with Open Space Routing and the Places POI search API

Some of the results from our research are transformed into stable and professionally managed services, that are used by the wider public. A prominent example is OpenRouteService.org. Since it’s introduction in early 2008 it has been transformed now to a rigorously tested rich API that is hosted on a cloud system and that can be [...]

22.06.2017 18:24
New QGIS-PlugIn for OSM-Routing and Accessibility Analysis using OpenRouteService

Recently a new “OSM Tools Plugin” for QGIS had been developed by Nils Nolde. It replaces the original OSMroute plugin for QGIS by Riccardo Klinger, which is now deprecated, as he unfortunately lacks the time to maintain it. Thanks a lot to Riccardo and Nils for their wonderful efforts and contributions so far! The new “OSM Tools” [...]

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 [...]

13.06.2017 11:36
Job Offer: Software Developer Backend Geoinformation Technology Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT)

Stellenausschreibung Software Developer Backend Geoinformation Technology Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT) Zur Förderung von Technologietransfer und angewandter Forschung im Bereich Geoinformatik wird derzeit mit Grundförderung der Klaus-Tschira Stiftung das Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT) aufgebaut. http://www.heigit.org. Dies soll zukünftig als An-Institut weitergeführt werden. Hierfür wird ein Software Engineer Backend Geoinformation Technology gesucht (100%). [...]

31.05.2017 11:47
Overview Article on Online Participation in Geoinformation Technology, esp. OpenStreetMap

An invited introductive overview article on “Online Participation in Geoinformation Technology” with a specific focus on OpenStreetMap has been published in the special issue “Online Participation” of the German language journal “Praxis der Wirtschaftsinformatik”. It gives some introduction and selected examples of potential usages of OSM data. Griesbaum, L., Eckle, M., Herfort, B., Raifer, M., Zipf, [...]

30.05.2017 15:20
Interview on Crowdsourcing for Optimized Cycle Routes

On the occasion of the international Bike2Work Day the radio Berlin Brandenburg (RBB) conducted a short interview with Prof. Alexander Zipf (GIScience HD/ HeiGIT). It was about current research and development work at the GIScience Research Group Heidelberg and HeiGIT, which involve the use of user-generated geodata for investigations between cycling behaviour and health, as well as [...]

14.05.2017 17:20
Bike2Work Week: Let OpenRouteService help to find nice routes.

It is #Bike2Work Week ! (*) Time to think about some more nice bicycle tours in BikeMonthMay (any beyond ;-) OpenRouteService.org does assist you with a set of nice options for different types of bicyclist, such as Safest Tour, Touring Bike, Mountain Bike or Road Bike. This includes also an E-Bicycle profile which especially comes in handy [...]

29.04.2017 09:35
OpenRouteService with new API, functions and look

We would like to introduce you to a brand new API of OpenRouteService.org and a revamped route planner with many more features than before. With this major release we have removed XML and introduced a (much) longed for JSON support. You will notice some drastic optimisation in response times and you now have the advantage [...]

06.04.2017 13:32
Open Data Meeting of AG Open Government Städtetag Baden-Württemberg

today the interdisciplinary working group “Open Government” of “Städtetag Baden-Württemberg” meets in Heidelberg for a workshop on Open Data. Among the invited speakers are for example - Michael Winckler, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für wissenschaftliches Rechnen Uni Heidelberg (IWR) talking about “Open Data aus Sicht einer Forschungseinrichtung” - Prof. Dr. Alexander Zipf, GIScience Heidelberg / HeiGIT), with a presentation [...]

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