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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.