GIScience / Geoinformatics Research Group
The GIScience Research Group is engaged in innovative basic and applied research at the interface between geography and the computational sciences. We thereby focus on the investigation of user-generated geographical content (VGI, Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science), for which we develop innovative methods and analytical approaches.
More specifically, our thematic focuses are on volunteered geographic information (VGI), big spatial data analytics, smart mobility and humanitarian aid, such as disaster management.
Through the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT gGmbH) at Heidelberg University, we have the opportunity to translate our research work 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 formally specialize in geoinformatics.
Please note our vacancies.
This new video by the 3DGeo group presents the challenges of 3D Earth observation and our advances in 4D change analysis in the frame of the Auto3Dscapes project: Direct link to the video: https://youtu.be/Fdwq-Cp0mFY Many thanks to Claudia Denis and David Jäger for helping to realize the video! We are also very happy about the fruitful ongoing [...]
On December 8th at 6.30 pm the next international mapathon organized by the disastermappers heidelberg takes place! This time we map together with MAMAPA, an integration project for migrants and refugees from Mannheim, CartONG, LECLARA Larabanga and OSM Ghana. We will map HOT-Tasks 8839 and 9928, the former including the city of Wa in northwestern Ghana, [...]
3rd CALL FOR PAPERS – 18th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2021) May 23-26, 2021, Virginia, USA – https://www.drrm.fralinlifesci.vt.edu/iscram2021/ Virginia Tech Track: Geospatial Technologies and Geographic Information Science for Crisis Management (GIS) https://www.drrm.fralinlifesci.vt.edu/iscram2021/files/CFP/ISCRAM2021-Track10-Geospatial_Technologies Deadline for paper submissions: December 6, 2020 * Track Description With crisis and hazardous events being an “inherently spatial” problem, geospatial information and [...]
Next week the HOT Summit will take place. The conference takes already place for the sixth time and it is the fifth consecutive time that we from HeiGIT/GIScience Heidelberg do contribute a session. This years topic is 10 Years of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap: The Past, Present, and Future of Humanitarian Mapping. It will be a one day [...]
What is the idea behind the Notebook? In the case of an emergency (e.g. floods, earthquakes, political crisis) it is important to know where the health facilities are located. Furthermore, it is important to identify which cities/districts have a reduced or no access at all to health facilities before an emergency. [...]
Gullies are landforms with specific patterns of shape, topography, hydrology, vegetation, and soil characteristics. Remote sensing products (TanDEM-X, Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2) serve as inputs into an iterative algorithm, initialized using a micro-mapping simulation as training data, to map gullies in the [...]
India accounts for nearly 18% of the worlds population. The country is also one of the main carrier of the worlds disease burden. Despite the general increase in life expectancy and decreasing mortality due to communicable diseases and malnutrition in recent years, the numbers of non-communicable diseases are rising substantially. Cardiovascular [...]
“Local Knowledge” is constituting the exceptional value of Volunteered Geographical Information and thus also considered as an important indicator of data quality. We are interested in how much local information is captured in OpenStreetMap data. In this blog post we explore the temporal evolution of mapping in OSM and the information [...]
Erhalten Sie mit ohsomeHeX wertvolle Einblicke in die Qualität und den Entwicklungsprozess von OpenStreetMap-Daten! (see for english version here) Das HeiGIT Big Data Team freut sich zur Exploration der Veränderungen der globalen Daten in OpenStreetMap nun eine Version 1.0 von ohsomeHeX , dem OSM History eXplorer zu veröffentlichen, die eine komplett überarbeitete Benutzeroberfläche bietet. Diese macht es einfacher alle relevanten [...]
Eine in Science Advances veröffentlichte Studie liefert neue Erkenntnisse zum Zusammenhang von körperlicher Aktivität und Wohlbefinden im Alltag. Dazu wurde unter anderem untersucht, welche Hirnregionen dabei eine Rolle spielen. Körperliche Aktivität macht glücklich und ist wichtig, um auch psychisch gesund zu bleiben. Forscherinnen und Forscher des Zentralinstituts für Seelische Gesundheit (ZI) in Mannheim, des Karlsruher Instituts [...]
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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)