Institute of Geography
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
D-69120 Heidelberg
Bettina Knorr
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
Room 108, first floor
D-69120 Heidelberg
Phone: +49 (0) 6221 54-5560
Fax: +49 (0) 6221 54-4529
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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.

24.07.2016 12:39
Open Position: Senior Scientist: Quality Analysis in OSM Full History Data

Stellenausschreibung Universität Heidelberg Senior Wissenschaftliche(r) Mitarbeiter/-in Geoinformatik (100%) Qualitätsanalysen in OpenStreetMap Full History Daten 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. Die Aufgaben umfassen v.a. die Mitarbeit in einem neuen DFG Forschungsprojekt zur Entwicklung neuer Methoden zur intrinsischen Qualitätsbewertung von OpenStreetMap [...]

22.07.2016 09:03
An Overview on supporting Disaster Management through Crowdsourcing Geographic Information

The “Ruperto Carola” research magazine reports on scientific findings and current research projects at Heidelberg University. The current issue “North & South” refers to the „International Year of Global Understanding“ and features among others a short overview article on some of the work that is done at the GIScience Research Group Heidelberg with respect to [...]

20.07.2016 12:50
Open Position: Research Coordinator Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT)

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 Förderung von Technologietransfer und angewandte Forschung [...]

19.07.2016 08:21
Report from last OSM Mapathon for Sokodé, Togo at Heidelberg

Below you find a short report by the students that were organizing the last months OpenStreetMap Mapathon for Sokodé in Togo at the Institute of Geography, Heidelberg University: Mapping Event: Sokodé Am 08. Juni 2016 war es wieder soweit! Im Rahmen des „Citizens as Sensors“ Seminar in Kooperation mit Missing Maps und den lokalen Behörden in [...]

18.07.2016 16:30
Impressions from ISPRS Congress 2016 in Prague

As we mentioned earlier, we contributed four papers to the ISPRS congress and participated in the CATCON contest for brilliant Computer Assisted Teaching tools. Our new LiDAR Simulator called HELIOS developed by Sebastian Bechtold received a lot of attention. You can also find us in this video of congress day 3. Our young researchers Katharina, Sebastian [...]

18.07.2016 09:30
Geospatial Analysis of Disasters - Measuring Welfare Impacts of Emergency Relief, Workshop Heidelberg University

IWH Symposium: Geospatial Analysis of Disasters Measuring Welfare Impacts of Emergency Relief today & tomorrow: July 18-19, 2016 at Heidelberg University, Germany (by invitation only) Natural disasters and man-made catastrophes pose a serious threat to the stability and prosperity of countries and the well-being and lives of many individuals worldwide. Methodological advances and better availability of [...]

15.07.2016 10:02
With one swipe and tap you put a family on the map

We are happy to announce the launch of MapSwipe - an app that allows you to support humanitarian aid by simply using your mobile. In a disaster or humanitarian crisis, knowledge regarding the location of possibly affected and vulnerable people is crucial to provide effective support. MapSwipe allows you to map these locations using your [...]

14.07.2016 09:47
GIScience HD @AGIT 2016

Last week members of the GIScience Research Group were attending the AGIT - Symposium and Exhibit for applied Geoinformatics in Salzburg. Beside the interesting welcome note given by Anita Graser from AIT talking about the Open Data, Open Source and Open Services and the impact for Geospatial Information Systems, further keynotes and conference talks followed, [...]

12.07.2016 08:19
Where the Streets Have Known Names - Linking Wikidata with OpenStreetMap

Street names provide important insights into the local culture, history, and politics of places. Linked open data provide a wealth of knowledge that can be associated with street names, enabling novel ways to explore cultural geographies. A recent paper presents a three-fold contribution. We present (1) a technique to establish a correspondence between street names and [...]

11.07.2016 11:29
Vortrag zur amtlichen Geodatenerfassung der Stadt Heidelberg

Im Rahmen der Vorlesung “Geodatenerfassung” wird am Montag, 25. Juli 2016, 9:15h, Hörsaal Berliner Str. 48, Herr Hubert Zimmerer zur Amtlichen Geodatenerfassung in Heidelberg referieren. Herr Zimmerer ist Abteilungsleiter des Geographisch Technisches Informationssystems (GTIS) am Vermessungsamt der Stadt Heidelberg. Herr Zimmerer bringt eindrückliche Beispiele aus Heidelberg mit und wird einen direkten Praxisbezug der gelernten [...]

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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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