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Disaster Mapping and Management

Support of Humanitarian Activities for Disaster Management by means of Innovative Technologies and Services

User-generated geodata originating from OpenStreetMap or Social Media in combination with official geographical information from public administrations has become an important asset for disaster management purposes. Processing and aggregating these different kind of data sources enables humanitarian aid organisations and emergeny responders to obtain a comprehensive view of the specific catastrophe on site. Furthermore this aggregated data has great value to help determine the risks and potential impact in regards to the aftermath of such an event. To utilize the potential of this information we develop innovative services based on close collaboration woth relevant stakeholders and users.

Services

  • Development and deployment of Disaster Maps and services to support disaster management teams and humanitarian operations
  • Development of tools and services for monitoring and quality assurance of Volunteered Geographic Information
  • Improving Collaboration of volunteers and professional humanitarian organisations by providing innovative tools and services

Cooperations and Partners

Selected References GIScience Heidelberg


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18.09.2018 06:42
CALL FOR PAPERS: GIS track of ISCRAM 2019, 16th. International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, Valencia Spain

Call for papers ISCRAM is a forum where researchers and practitioners from all around the world meet every year to share experiences and raise challenges in all the aspects related to the design, development, and use of information systems to improve the management of crisis and disaster situations. The 16th International Conference [...]

14.09.2018 12:33
Missing Maps Gathering, FOSS4G and HOT Summit 2018 in Dar es Salaam

As previously announced, Sabrina Marx and Melanie Eckle recently visited Dar es Salaam to attend the Missing Maps Members Gathering and to join the FOSS4G and HOT Summit community for their joint annual gatherings. The Missing Maps Members Gathering was the first side event of the conference week. Likewise to previous years, the Missing Maps members [...]

08.09.2018 17:42
Keynote on VGI and AI for Disaster Management by Prof. Zipf at 10 Years HAUS New York

Heidelberg Alumni USA (HAUS) is the alumni initiative for all former students, lecturers, professors or staff of Heidelberg University who live or work in the US. HAUS was born in New York City, and that’s where we will celebrate the tenth anniversary the weekend of September 14-16, 2018. We hope you will be there for this [...]

24.05.2018 23:40
BuFaTa Mapathon HD – Spreading the Word about OpenStreetMap and Missing Maps

Last weekend Heidelberg was the host city of this semesters geography “BuFaTa” (Bundesfachschaftentagung). During this four day event student associations from Germany, Austria and Switzerland and their members came together to discuss, learn and spend time together. The event was organized by an excellent student team from Heidelberg. The disastermappers Heidelberg contributed to the BuFaTa by organising a Missing [...]

25.04.2018 15:48
Coupling maximum entropy modeling with geotagged social media data to determine the geographic distribution of tourists

Modeling the geographic distribution of tourists at a tourist destination is crucial when it comes to enhancing the destination’s resilience to disasters and crises, as it enables the efficient allocation of limited resources to precise geographic locations. Seldom have existing studies explored the geographic distribution of tourists through understanding the mechanisms behind it. A recently [...]

02.04.2018 19:43
Towards Using the Potential of OpenStreetMap History for Disaster Activation Monitoring

Over the last years, the growing OpenStreetMap (OSM) database repeatedly proved its potential for various use cases, including disaster management. Disaster mapping activations show increasing contributions, but oftentimes raise questions related to the quality of the provided Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI). In order to better monitor and understand OSM mapping and data quality, HeiGIT developed a [...]

28.03.2018 09:59
Workshop with Wikimedia on Disaster Management: Connecting Humanitarian Actors, Research and Digital Volunteer Communities

Over the last couple of years a new group of actors has become increasingly important to support disaster management - digital volunteers. They support disaster responses and humanitarian activities from all over the world. Crowdsourced Wikipedia articles are oftentimes the first source of information people read to learn more about a disaster. Likewise, the OpenStreetMap [...]

21.03.2018 10:52
FOSSGIS.de Talk on Near Real Time OSM Data Extraction Service for Openrouteservice

Are you at the FOSSGIS.de conference in Bonn this week? Don’t miss the lightning talk by Stefan Eberlein on OpenStreetMap Extracts as a Service in near “Real-Time”. Date: 22.03., 9:4 am. Room: Alfred-Philippson-Hörsaal Lightning Talk: OpenStreetMap-Extrakte als Service in nahezu “Real-Time” Track: Freie Daten The Real-time OSM data extraction service provides individual OSM extracts in near real-time. The software was [...]

07.03.2018 15:19
Openrouteservice for Disaster Management: Supporting Humanitarian Logistics with Hourly Updates

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) provides immediate support for disaster or humanitarian responses by coordinating and activating a global network of mappers that contribute up-to-date geodata to the OSM database. For example, after the Nepal earthquake 2015 volunteers added up to 800 km to the OSM street network per hour! This information could successfully support [...]

07.02.2018 08:38
Abteilung Geoinformatik: Studentische Hilfskräfte GIS gesucht (auch Praktika)

Die Abteilung Geoinformatik sucht Studentische Hilfskräfte zur Unterstützung in mehreren hoch aktuellen Forschungsbereichen in einem interdisziplinären dynamischen Team, u.a. z.B. für: Big Spatial Data Analytics z.B. OpenStreetMap History Analysen, Social Media Analytics etc. z.B.  http://ohsome.org Landnutzungsklassifikation auf Basis von OpenStreetMap, Satellitenbildern, etc. z.B. http://OSMlanduse.org Disaster-Management für [...]

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