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GIScience / Geoinformatics Research Group

GIScience Heidelberg

Essential parts of the research focus of the GIScience research group (Geoinformatics) are reflected by the PhD graduate school (CrowdAnalyser) (Speaker: Prof. A. Zipf). This group consists of several PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, who investigate the quality and usage potential of user-generated content (UGC). The main focus is on Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI). We develop new methods for spatio-temporal analysis of big data sources such as OpenStreetMap or Social Media and other Web 2.0 projects, ranging across Twitter, Flickr to all kinds of geo-social networks.

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Several projects and services built on these evolving data sources demonstrate the feasability of their usage in different domains. Some realized services can be discovered online, e.g. OpenRouteService.org or uni-heidelberg.de/openmapsurfer.

The Klaus Tschira Foundation supports establishing the "Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology" (HeiGIT) at the Institute of Geography at Heidelberg University. The aim is to improve knowledge and technology transfer from fundamental research into practice within the field of Geoinformatics. The focus areas comprise ("Big Spatial Data Analytics"), "Navigation Intelligence and Location Based Services" and "VGI for Humanitarian Aid in Disaster Management".

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Latest News

Further news can be found at giscienceblog.uni-hd.de (also as RSS-Feed). You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Our publications e.g. in Journals or Conferences can be found on dedicated pages.

27.08.2016 09:36
Defining Fitness-for-Use for Crowdsourced Points of Interest (POI)

Due to the advent of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), large datasets of user-generated Points of Interest (POI) are now available. As with all VGI, however, there is uncertainty concerning data quality and fitness-for-use. Currently, the task of evaluating fitness-for-use of POI is left to the data user, with no guidance framework [...]

25.08.2016 15:32
Job: Research Coordinator Geoinformation Technology, Heidelberg

REMINDER: Open Position: Senior Wissenschaftliche (r) Mitarbeiter/-in Geoinformatik (100%) Research Coordinator Geoinformation Technology VGI Services, LBS & Big Spatial Analytics Aufbau des Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT) In der Abteilung Geoinformatik der Universität Heidelberg ist baldmöglichst eine Stelle für eine(n) motivierte(n) und erfahrene(n) wissenschaftl. Mitarbeiter/-in (100%, TV-L), idealerweise promoviert, zu besetzen. Zur [...]

24.08.2016 11:46
Workshop on Multi-Source 3D Geoinformation Extraction for Improved Management of Forest and Natural Hazards (5 Sep 2016, 9-17h)

Time: Monday, 5 September 2016, 09:00 – 17:00h Venue: Seminar Room 5.104, Im Neuenheimer Feld 205, Mathematikon No fees: Attendance of the scientific program is without costs. Objective and Scope The main objective of this public workshop is to bring together experts from Geosciences and 3D Earth observation / Geomatics, from academia and industry, as well as from [...]

23.08.2016 10:46
Using participatory geographic approaches for urban flood risk in Santiago de Chile: Insights from a governance analysis

Studies based on information acquired by participative geographic approaches have sought to cope with emergency situations and disasters such as floods. However, the impact of these approaches to flood risk governance systems in order to understand these types of events as a complete risk cycle is still not clear. In a recent paper, we analyse [...]

12.08.2016 13:11
Radio Interview on activities @ Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology

recently Prof. Zipf gave an radio interview in German about some of the activities of the GIScience Research Group and the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technologies (HeiGIT); which is currently being established with core funding by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung Heidelberg. The short radio broadcast (mp3) covers e.g. work on improving and generating Geographic [...]

10.08.2016 13:01
MapSwipe App for humanitarian mapping featured in Product Hunt today

today MapSwipe is featured in “Product Hunt”, a kind of reddit for products. https://www.producthunt.com/tech/mapswipe Learn more about the smartphone App that helps you to put a family on the map. It is so simple even children can use it but helps humanitarian organisations like the Red Cross and Doctors without Borders to better plan and perform [...]

08.08.2016 16:33
Video online - Multidimensional Perceptibility of Cultural Heritage (MUSIEKE)

The official video of the research project “Multidimensional Perceptibility of Cultural Heritage (MUSIEKE)” has been released and can be watched here: https://youtu.be/s3-4Rzye22U The project MUSIEKE aims at analyzing interrelations between perceptions and experiences of cultural heritage: in (1) museum environments, in (2) urban spaces and their spatio-temporal entanglements with the surrounding (cultural) landscape [...]

08.08.2016 11:00
Community Engagement Strategies for Crowdsourcing Accessibility Information

Social innovations are increasingly being seen as a way of compensating for insufficiencies of both, state and market to create inclusive and accessible environments. In a recent paper, together with researchers from Zentrum für Soziale Innovation (Vienna) and Polibienestar Research Institute (Valencia), we have explored crowdsourcing accessibility information as a form of [...]

05.08.2016 13:14
OpenFloodRiskMap Online combines Critical Infrastructure from OSM with Emergency Routing

some time ago we deployed OpenFloodRiskMap (OFRM) at http://ofrm.geog.uni-heidelberg.de/ OpenFloodRiskMap (OFRM) is a prototype web application to assist decision makers in developing alarm and operation plans for flood risk management. The OFRM hereby provides support in accessing critical infrastructure (CI) information in the OpenStreetMap (OSM) data base and to furthermore add this information to an emergency [...]

03.08.2016 10:49
GeoInformatics Summer School at Wuhan University, China

In June, the State Key laboratory of Information Engineering and Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing (LIESMARS, http://www.lmars.whu.edu.cn/en/) launched their 2016 Geoinformatics Summer School at Wuhan University, China. This year’s courses treated topics ranging from technologies and paradigms for web mapping and online GIS to night-time remote sensing and GNSS. Participants from Africa, Europe and Asia, [...]

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Structure and Research Focus

In addition to investigating VGI, Big Spatial Data Analytics, LBS for Mobility and also Disaster Management in the whole group, in particular the LiDAR research group led by Bernhard Höfle has a strong focus on 3D geo-information. Corresponding research areas comprise data acquisition and retrieval using state-of-the-art 3D remote sensors such as laser scanning (i.e. topographic LiDAR) enriched by other potential sources such as crowdsourced data provided by human sensors. The primary focus here is the development of GIS-based algorithms for 3D data processing and analysis in order to improve the understanding of geographical phenomena. Applications cover the natural environment (e.g. geomorphology, precision farming and forestry) and the man-made landscape (e.g. Archeology and digital cultural heritage or solar potential assessment for buildings).

In Memoriam Klaus Tschira
Klaus Tschira

Am 31. März 2015 verstarb unerwartet und viel zu früh Herr Dr. h.c. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Klaus Tschira. Wir trauern um einen großen Förderer der Wissenschaft.

Pictures of the Group
GIScience Team

GIScience-Team (Jour-Fix-Meeting 2014)

GIScience Team

GIScience Team at GIScience Retreat (Trifels-Annweiler) in February 2013

GIScience Team

GIScience Team at Jour-Fix-Meeting in June 2012

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