GIScience / Geoinformatics Research Group
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.
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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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.
The last couple of days the pictuesque city of Chambery became a gathering place for humanitarian actors, researchers and organizations. CartONG organized their biannual GeOnG conference in their headquarter city. This years conference was at the same time the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the NGO. CartONG is a French non-governmental organization that fosters the [...]
We would like to cordially invite all Master Geography students starting this semester and all interested people to our public Master Welcome Event today. You will have the opportunity to get insights into the GIScience Group Heidelberg and see four very cool short talks about most recent research topics! See you there: Wed, 19 October 2016, [...]
We cordially invite all interested to our forthcoming talk next Monday about the cross-cutting theme of smart city research. Dr Jochen Wendel from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will report about an open data infrastructure that allows data storage, data exchange, data analysis, as well as data visualization across projects and domains. He illustrates [...]
Last week members of the GIScience group Heidelberg contributed two talks to the final COST ENERGIC meeting, which was held at the historic Oondatje Theatre of the Royal Geographical Society in London. On Thursday, Benjamin Herfort and Melanie Eckle talked about the latest achievements, current state and future avenues of data quality assessments in OpenStreetMap. [...]
The interdisciplinary colloquium series of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) starts with GIScience by a talk of Bernhard Höfle about “3D Geodata in Environmental Research” on 24 October 2016 and was now announced via press release. Furthermore, Alexander Zipf will give a talk about “Crowdsourcing of Geodata for Humanitarian Aid” on 14 November 2016, [...]
For all people who are interested in historic features of the OpenStreetMap dataset a complete new worldwide map service has been published. It is extending the original old HistOSM (*) from 2009 considerably. http://histosm.org/ As of October 2016 you can find 638.284 objects that were tagged ‘historic’ all over the world. The range of object types is [...]
Next Wednesday, René Westerholt will talk about the spatial analysis of Twitter data. The talk is part of the “WISC Seminar Series,” which is hosted by the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities at University of Warwick, Coventry, UK. The talk starts by highlighting the types of spatial analyses that have been conducted so [...]
The HOT Tasking Manager is the tool where most of the work of the Missing Maps community and members happens. The projects created tell us a lot about the current mapping efforts and also show where we already succesfully mapped basic infrastructures like roads and human settlements. Tools like OSMatrix or [...]
Melanie Eckle and Benjamin Herfort represented the GIScience Research Group at the 5th Japanese-German University Presidents’ Conference that was held on 29th and 30th of September in Karlsruhe. The German-Japanese University Consortium HeKKSaGOn was founded in July 2010 as an association of three German (Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, Göttingen) and three Japanese (Kyoto, Sendai, Osaka) universities. We presented [...]
Brussels became the global center for OpenStreetMap enthusiasts, humanitarians and researchers during the last week. The 2nd HOT Summit was held on the 22nd September and was complemented by a Missing Maps Mapathon in the evening. From 23rd - 25th September the State of the Map conference opened their doors for the global OpenStreetMap community. [...]
We have moved. Our address has changed.
The phone numbers of some of our colleagues have also changed.
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
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.