GIScience / Geoinformatics Research Group
As part of the Institute of Geography, the GIScience Research Group is engaged in innovative applied and basic research at the interface between geography and the computational sciences. We thereby focus on the investigation of user-generated geographical content, for which we develop state-of-the-art methods and analytical approaches. More specifically, our thematic focuses are on volunteered geographic information (VGI), big spatial data analytics and disaster management. Through the “Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology” (HeiGIT), which is supported by the Klaus Tschira Foundation, we have the opportunity to translate our theoretical work directly into practical solutions. In addition, we support our institute's study programmes in geography with numerous courses on relevant GI methods that allow our students to specialize in geoinformatics.
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Transactions in GIS - Special Issue about MODELLING AND ANALYSING PLATIAL REPRESENTATIONS. Editors: R Westerholt , F-B Mocnik, A Comber, C Davies, D Burghardt, and A Zipf A place for place – modelling and analysing platial representations Places are understood as locations and areas to which anthropogenic meaning is ascribed. As such, places have been [...]
Within the European FP7 project “CAP4Access“, we studied the usage of crowdsourced geographic information (and more specifically OpenStreetMap data) for improving accessibility in selected European regions. This 3 year research study led to several implementations and extensions of Open Source GI solutions with respect to OSM data quality assessment as well as wheelchair routing and [...]
After the successful GeOnG conference 2018 in chambery we want to thank the organizers and all participants. We contributed in several ways, as already highlighed in our previous blogpost. Now, we also want to share our slides and workshop material with everyone interested. Round table discussion: Machine Learning, AI & satellite imagery: what impact on humanitarian mapping: [...]
In a newly published open access paper, we present a system that generates customized pedestrian routes entirely based on data from OpenStreetMap (OSM). The system enables users to define to what extent they would like the route to have green areas (e.g., parks, squares, trees), social places (e.g., cafes, restaurants, shops) and quieter streets (i.e., [...]
Das Wintersemester hat begonnen und damit auch die Vortragsreihe der Heidelberg Geographischen Gesellschaft HGG. Wir möchten Sie herzlich einladen an den Vorträgen der HGG teilzunehmen. Das Rahmenthema dieses Semester lautet: Reisen für die Wissenschaft Expeditionen, Exkursionen und Explorationen Die Vorträge dieses Semester: ”And Germany pays you for asking us these questions?” Humangeograhische Reflexionen über das ethnologische Fremdverstehen Prof. Dr. [...]
HeiGIT/GIScience member Sven Lautenbach acted both as part of the boards of directors and as an instructor at the 10th Summer School for Spatial epidemiology, social media, and urban health that took place at the Humboldt University in Bielefeld. This year’s summer school aimed at the use of social media to capture spatial patterns in [...]
HeiGIT ran a workshop on geodata for sustainable development at the Sustainable Development in Action conference organized by the Heidelberg Center for Environment and Momentum Novum at Heidelberg University. Our workshop provided an overview about the importance of geodata to tackle the sustainable development goals (SDG) of the United Nations, highlighted the importance of bridging [...]
The proceedings of the PLATIAL’18 workshop (organized by R Westerholt, F-B Mocnik, and A Zipf) have been published: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1475269 The concept of “place” is about to become one of the major research themes in the discipline of geographical information science (GIScience), as well as in adjoining fields. Briefly put, while locations provide objective references (e.g., point coordinates), [...]
In our most recent 3DGeo publication, colleagues from KU Leuven together with us developed a new method to extract drainage ditches from LiDAR point clouds in a fully automatic process. Ditches are often absent in hydrographic geodatasets and their mapping would benefit from a cost and labor effective alternative to field surveys. We propose [...]
Im Projekt „meinGrün“ entwickeln Partner aus Wissenschaft, kommunaler Praxis und Wirtschaft unter Leitung des Leibniz-Instituts für ökologische Raumentwicklung (IÖR) die Grundlagen für neuartige, interaktive Informationsangebote. Ziel ist es, Grünflächen in Städten genauer zu beschreiben und zu zeigen, wie man sie gut erreichen kann. Nutzer der Grünflächen können diese bewerten und Stadtverwaltungen erhalten Hinweise auf Verbesserungspotenzial. Das Projekt wird vom Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur (BMVI) im Rahmen der Forschungsinitiative mFUND gefördert, die sich mit digitalen datenbasierten Anwendungen für die Mobilität 4.0 befasst.
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In Memoriam Peter Meusburger
On 18 December 2017, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Meusburger died far too soon. We mourn for a great scientist, teacher and colleague. In the mid 90s he implemented the first GIS pool at Heidelberg University and started GIS related research. He will not be forgotten. ((Message of the University)