During the last decades, the epidemiological research has given indications that mental diseases including depressions and anxiety disorder can be related to socio-economic, as well as to environmental risk factors. In this project, geodata will be collected and maps showing the potential risk of mental stress in urban environments (urban stress) will be created. The aim is to address the relationship between mental stress and urban characteristics.

In order to address the relationship between mental stress and the urban environment, heterogeneous spatial data has to be collected from a various amount of sources. These include both public and private sources. In addition to that also crowd sourced data will be used. The approach is to first create a homogenous spatial data base that includes relevant socio-economic data (population density, crime statistics, migration- and unemployment ratio etc.) and data regarding the urban environment (noise, air quality, access to public green space, among others). In order to create a homogenous data base, the data from different sources have to be georeferenced, geocoded, transformed, tested for quality and projected in the same coordinate system. Eventually, this will offer a solid database for the study area which incorporates the Rhine-Neckar region, Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen in southern Germany.

The relationship between mental stress and the urban environment will thereafter be addressed by correlating questionnaire data with the spatial urban environment data.

Selected Publications:
28.06.2017 13:04
Are Crowdsourced Datasets Suitable for Specialized Routing Services? Case Study of OpenStreetMap for Routing of People with Limited Mobility

Using data generated from the crowd has become a hot topic for several application domains including transportation. However, there are concerns regarding the quality of such datasets. As one of the most important crowdsourced mapping platforms, in a recent study (1) we analyze the fitness for use of OpenStreetMap (OSM) database for routing and navigation [...]

27.06.2017 15:11
GIScience Colloquium talk on Semantic Signatures for Social Sensing in Smart Environments by Prof. Janowicz

we cordially invite everybody interested to our next open GIScience colloquium talk Semantic Signatures for Social Sensing in Smart Environments Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Janowicz Associate Professor for Geographic Information Science and Geoinformatics at the Geography Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA Time and date: Mon, July 3, 2.15 pm Venue: INF 348, Room 015, Department of Geography, [...]

26.06.2017 17:00
Missing Maps Data Collection and Validation Mapathon to help eliminate Malaria

Malaria is a major threat to people all around the world, particularly those most vulnerable: children and elderly. Our previous events Semester Start Missing Maps mapathon for World Malaria Day 2017 and Missing Maps Mapathon at Makerspace (DAI) aimed to support projects to identify potential malaria affected areas and enable better Malaria prevention in collaboration [...]

24.06.2017 10:11
Introducing with Open Space Routing and the Places POI search API

Some of the results from our research are transformed into stable and professionally managed services, that are used by the wider public. A prominent example is Since it’s introduction in early 2008 it has been transformed now to a rigorously tested rich API that is hosted on a cloud system and that can be [...]

22.06.2017 18:24
New QGIS-PlugIn for OSM-Routing and Accessibility Analysis using OpenRouteService

Recently a new “OSM Tools Plugin” for QGIS had been developed by Nils Nolde. It replaces the original OSMroute plugin for QGIS by Riccardo Klinger, which is now deprecated, as he unfortunately lacks the time to maintain it. Thanks a lot to Riccardo and Nils for their wonderful efforts and contributions so far! The new “OSM Tools” [...]

20.06.2017 11:22
Mapathon - Open Street Map land use quality

Inspect, judge and estimate OSM land use for Heidelberg and other European cities at Berliner Str. 48, 6pm, 29.06. osmlanduse validation mapathon 29.06.2017 Knowledge of land use dynamics is essential for a permanent human existence on earth, for instance due to changing climate. Various commercial and scientific products depicting our habitat exist, involving heavy production cost, questionable accuracies and inadequate update cycles. To this end, utilized Open [...]

19.06.2017 20:45
New Disaster OpenRouteService for Africa, South America and Indonesia released, supporting humanitarian logistics with OSM more sustainably

Recently HeiGIT @ GIScience Heidelberg released a dedicated stable disaster version of OpenRouteService (ORS) to support humanitarian logistics within specific regions of catastrophes with data from OSM in a more sustainable way. Since his start in 2008 OpenRouteServivce had been spontaneously applied for specific real world disaster cases already numerous times, for instance during the earthquakes in [...]

14.06.2017 13:20
GIScience Colloquium Talk on Terrestrial laser scanning for Geomorphometry

we cordially invite everybody interested to our next open GIScience colloquium talk on Mon, June 19, 2.15 pm, at the Department of Geography, Heidelberg University, Im Neuenheimer Feld 348, Lecture Hall, Room 015. The presentation will be given by Dr. Daniel Wujanz (Technische Universität Berlin). The topic is: Terrestrial laser scanning for Geomorphometry - Some remarks on pitfalls and widespread opinions Ever since its [...]

13.06.2017 11:36
Job Offer: Software Developer Backend Geoinformation Technology Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT)

Stellenausschreibung Software Developer Backend Geoinformation Technology Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT) Zur Förderung von Technologietransfer und angewandter Forschung im Bereich Geoinformatik wird derzeit mit Grundförderung der Klaus-Tschira Stiftung das Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT) aufgebaut. Dies soll zukünftig als An-Institut weitergeführt werden. Hierfür wird ein Software Engineer Backend Geoinformation Technology gesucht (100%). [...]

02.06.2017 12:42
Bernhard Höfle becomes new full professor for Geoinformatics and 3D Geoprocessing at Heidelberg University

Since April 1st, 2017 Prof. Dr. Bernhard Höfle is the new full professor for “GIScience and 3D Spatial Data Processing” at the Institute for Geography, Heidelberg University. Last week he was formally introduced to the scientific community of Heidelberg University during the traditional “Professorium” event, which was moderated by Rector Prof. Eitel. The latter took place [...]

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