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GIScience / Geoinformatics Research Group

GIScience Heidelberg

Essential parts of the research focus of the GIScience research group (Geoinformatics) http://giscience.uni-hd.de are reflected by the PhD graduate school (Research Training Group, RTG) (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 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. Additionally, new methods for crowdsourced 3D geoinformation are being developed. Further research topics and domains of interest see below. Some realized services can be discovered online, e.g. OpenRouteService.org or uni-heidelberg.de/openmapsurfer.

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.

05.02.2016 14:17
Enrico Steiger defends PhD on Explorative Spatial & Temporal Human Mobility Analysis from User-Generated Data

today Enrico Steiger successfully defended his PhD thesis about “Explorative Spatial and Temporal Human Mobility Analysis from User-Generated Data” at GIScience Heidelberg University. The massive amount of pervasive, user-generated data creates new possibilities to discover and utilize geographic information. Tied in with this novel role of actively participating users, is a growing research challenge where the [...]

03.02.2016 18:34
New HORIZON 2020 project “WeGovNow” - Towards We-Government: Collective and participative approaches for addressing local policy challenges

Recently a new 3 year EU project in the HORIZON 2020 programme has been accepted and is about to start now. WeGovNow is aiming at using state-of-the-art digital technologies in community engagement platforms to engage citizens in decision making processes within their local neighbourhood. It aims at bringing together multiple citizen-driven systems into a single [...]

02.02.2016 09:28
GIScience Heidelberg joins OSGeo GeoForAll Labs

The GIScience Research Group at Heidelberg joined the OSGE GeoForAll initiative and network as an Open Source Geospatial Laboratory and Research Center. GIScience Heidelberg is supporting free and open GI software, open GI standards (OGC), open Geo-Data (e.g. OpenStreetMap and other VGI), open access publication and GIS education in many ways. This is demonstrated already in [...]

01.02.2016 20:17
GeoNet.MRN :: Infrastructure for Electromobility in the Metropolitan Region Rhine-Neckar

The Network Geoinformation GeoNet.MRN analyses and discusses the needs and challenges of providing an infrastructure for electromobility (e.g. charging stations) in the Metropolitan Region Rhine-Neckar. (Article in German). GeoNet.MRN also produced a nice map showing the current distribution of charging stations in this region. Thank you Hartmut, nice work! Also the need for detailled [...]

01.02.2016 14:23
Save the Date: “Fachaustausch Geoinformation 2016″, 24.Nov.2016 Heidelberg

Wir freuen uns, dass das Netzwerk Geoinformation der Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar auch dieses Jahr wieder den Fachaustausch Geoinformation in der besonderen Atmosphäre der Print Media Academy, Heidelberg ausrichten wird. Die zentrale Netzwerkkonferenz des GeoNet.MRN e.V. hat sich mit 150 - 200 Besuchern (Tendenz steigend) als Austauschplattform inzwischen etabliert und wird dieses Jahr am 24.11.2015 stattfinden. [...]

29.01.2016 13:45
A Conceptual VGI Quality Framework - chapter published in ‘Spatial Information Theory’

Now the book “Spatial Information Theory” has been published in electronic and print format. It includes full papers from the COSIT - CONFERENCE ON SPATIAL INFORMATION THEORY XII 2015, including our paper: Ballatore, A. and Zipf, A. (2015): A Conceptual Quality Framework for Volunteered Geographic Information. In: Fabrikant, S.I., Raubal, M., Bertolotto, M., Davies, C., [...]

28.01.2016 15:55
Yet another little Paper Meta-Statistics

uuuhh, we just realized that we have the most cited papers in both the “ISPRS International Journal of Geographic Information” (IJGI) as well as in the journal “Future Internet” (according to the journals counting). Additionally also in both most cited lists of the two journals we each have a paper on place four. Further [...]

26.01.2016 22:09
A Special Issue on “Geospatial Data” at DATA Journal

Dear Colleagues, Geographic data are produced or collected by scientists in different ways to study environmental problems. Although online geographic data are accessible across the globe, there is a lack of a unique platform than enables scientists to share geographic data produced locally. Such a lack of scientific data communication has limited scholars to share datasets [...]

25.01.2016 11:00
Call for Paper: Special Issue on Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) in ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information

Parallel to the advent of Web 2.0 technologies, volunteered geographic information (VGI) has emerged as a novel form of user-generated content, which involves both active forms of contribution such as online mapping or the explicit georeferencing of various media as well as the passive collection of data via the user’s location-enabled smartphone. Due to [...]

22.01.2016 16:22
Save the Date: Two GIScience colloquium talks by Eric Delmelle Feb 17

We are happy to invite to two open colloquium talks by Dr. Eric Delmelle, Associate Professor, Department of Geography & Earth Sciences, University North Carolina Charlotte about the two interesting topics: “Evaluating Travel Impedance Agreement among Online Road Network Data Providers” & “Visualizing the dynamics of health-related tweets: opportunities and computational challenges” The talks will be on [...]

Structure and Research Focus

Beside of investigating VGI, SDI, LBS and Spatial Analysis, the research group 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).

Bernhard Höfle leads the work on 3D processing and LiDAR research. In addition to the 2 professors, two Klaus-Tschira Incubator Research Groups Advancing GIScience have been established.

The research of the group also deals with the investigation and development of new web-based geographic Information Services (GIS) in different application domains such as disaster management, Digital Humanities, agriculture, traffic, energy and environment etc.

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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