Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology
Berliner Str. 45 (Mathematikon)
D-69120 Heidelberg
Bettina Knorr
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
Room 108, 1. OG
D-69120 Heidelberg
Tel: +49 (0) 6221 54-5560
Fax: +49 (0) 6221 54-4529
Core Funded by
KTS - Klaus Tschira Stiftung gemeinnützige GmbH

Establishing the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology

core funded by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung

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The project to establish a Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT) is part of the GIScience Research Group at the Department of Geography, Heidelberg University. The objective is to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and technology from academia to practical applications and professional services. The focus lays on the analysis, refinement, enrichment and usage of big spatial data from the crowd for innovative applications and services.

We focus initially on three areas:

  • Big Spatial Data Analytics,
  • Navigation Intelligence and Location Based Services and
  • Innovative Services for Disaster Management.

Big Spatial Data Analytics Navigation Intelligence & Location Based Services
Analyses, Quality Assurance, Refinement and Utilisation of Crowdsourced Geographic Information from the Web using Data Mining and Geocomputation

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Innovative Traffic- and Mobility Solutions, Routing- and Navigation Services based on enhanced data from different sources including OpenStreetMap and the Social Web.

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Disaster Mapping – VGI for Humanitarian Support
Supporting humanitarian activities by developing up-to-date disaster maps and providing innovative GI services during catastrophes and for mitigating risk.

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Recent News:

17.01.2019 09:41
STAP19 Compact Course and Workshop in April - Registration Open

From 01-04 April 2019, the 3DGeo and FCGL research groups are organizing a compact course and workshop on Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Geographic Phenomena (STAP19) at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR, Heidelberg University). The course will teach participants state-of-the-art methods of 3D spatial data processing and analysis with a focus on spatial and [...]

17.01.2019 08:55
CFP: AGILE workshop “GeoCultGIS - GEOgraphical and CULTural aspects of Geo-data: Issues and Solutions”

Our workshop “GeoCultGIS - GEOgraphical and CULTural aspects of Geo-data: Issues and Solutions” has been accepted for the 22nd AGILE Conference on Geo-information Science, the annual conference of the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe (AGILE). The event will be held in Limassol, Cyprus on 17-20 June, 2019. Workshop theme: While some geo-datasets offer global [...]

16.01.2019 09:48
Blindspots in ecosystem service research

Ecosystem service research is high on the policy agenda. Strategies to synthesize individual success stories and derive generalized results to provide guidance for policymakers and stakeholder is central to many science-policy initiatives, such as IPBES, ELD, WAVES and TEEB. However, to successfully transfer knowledge from ES case studies to environmental policies, it is necessary to [...]

15.01.2019 20:08
Colloquium invitation: Supporting the most vulnerable people before the disaster strikes – International Disaster Risk Reduction within the German Red Cross

The GIScience group cordially invites everybody interested to our next open GIScience colloquium talk about: Supporting the most vulnerable people before the disaster strikes – International Disaster Risk Reduction within the German Red Cross Speakers are Stefanie Lux and Stefan Scholz from the German Red Cross (GRC, Generalsekretariat Berlin, International Coordination). The German Red Cross (GRC) is part of [...]

14.01.2019 19:25
Interested in sponsoring the State of the Map conference 2019?

State of the Map 2019 conference will be held in Heidelberg, September 21-23 2019. Interested in sponsoring? Want to help build bridges through scholarships? Sponsorship packages are available at https://2019.stateofthemap.org/Sponsorship2019.pdf

12.01.2019 15:42
CfP: Transactions in GIS special issue on “Open Source Geospatial Science, Software and Education”

Special issue information: The last decade has seen a rapid growth in open source geospatial software and data developments. Open geospatial data applies the principles of free and openness to geospatial information, allowing communities to collaborate on a data product. Applying the lessons learned in the open source industry to geo-data collection and maintenance has led [...]

11.01.2019 14:12
Road access restriction information in openrouteservice

The new year started in the openrouteservice team at HeiGIT with the release of openrouteservice 4.7.2. In this release there were a number of bug fixes, but also some new features. The main one of these is the inclusion of information about access restrictions when your route takes you over roads that are marked in [...]

11.01.2019 08:28
Colloquium on 3D Models and Geovisualization for monitoring and prediction of landslides in Brazil

We cordially invite everybody interested to our next open GIScience colloquium talk The speaker is Prof. Dr. Silvio Jorge Coelho Simoes Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho, Instituto de Ciência e Tecnologia - Campus de São José dos Campos, Brasil When: Monday 14.01.2019, 2:15 pm Where: INF 348, room 015 (Institute of Geography, Heidelberg University) 3D Model and Geovisualization for monitoring [...]

10.01.2019 09:31
Impacts of consevartion agriculture on services provided by Mediterranean agro-ecosystems

Agricultural production in the Mediterranean region is challenged by both climate change and socio-economic factors that might lead to accelerated land degradation and severe loss of ecosystem services. Climate change is likely to lead to increasing water stress in the region leading to drought related loss of agricultural production and [...]

09.01.2019 08:15
Usability of Flickr tags for land use/land cover attribution

A new study has been published in the international open access journal Geo-spatial Information Science (GSIS, Taylor & Francis), that explores the land use/land cover (LULC) separability by the machine-generated and user-generated Flickr photo tags (i.e. the auto-tags and the user-tags, respectively), based on an authoritative LULC dataset for San Diego County in the United [...]

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