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.
The UndercoverEisAgenten team is still on the road introducing their most recent results to the public and scientific community. On July 2, visitors to the Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI) at the “Long Night of Sciences” Berlin + Potsdam tested an UndercoverEisAgenten permafrost crowdmapping application. The UndercoverEisAgenten team also participated in the GI Salzburg 2022 conference from July 4th through 7th. They discussed their newest [...]
Do you know an African student hoping to do a PhD in GIScience at the University of Heidelberg? The Robert and Christine Danziger Scholarship deadline has been extended to August 31. Up-and-coming doctoral students from Africa, especially Ghana and West and Central Africa, are invited to apply for financial support. Applicants can apply for a doctorate [...]
At long last, welcome to another addition of our How to become ohsome-series! This one is special because we’re discussing a third-party application that uses ohsome API as back-end to accumulate historical OSM data. Although this innovation isn’t directly about our API, it’s close enough (and exciting enough) to merit inclusion and just one more opportunity for you [...]
This June, MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières) GIS Week 2022 was held in person again in beautiful Prague. Nearly the entire MSF team dealing with geo-data and geospatial analysis congregated at the event, which presented a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the current use of GIS within MSF and to discuss its future strategic importance. [...]
We call for applications to postdoctoral positions within the Heidelberg Mannheim Health and Life Science Alliance “Innovation Campus” for Inter-institutional project. The Central Institute of Mental Health (ZI), Prof. A. Meyer-Lindenberg, the GIScience Research Group at Heidelberg University (Prof. A. Zipf), the 3DGeo Group (Prof. B. Höfle); and the Department of Biodiversity and Plant Systematics (Prof. [...]
In the modern technological age, mobile application are necessary to reach out to the masses. Therefore, it’s critical for any web application to be available through mobile devices. In the case of ohsomeHeX, enabling use on mobile devices requires overcoming the challenging of screen space use. The application utilizes significant screen space for its side [...]
Welcome back to a new installment of the ohsome Region of the Month blog series! This will be part two our posts on hiking related tags and this time, we’ll investigate the connection between user activity and said tags. To do this, we’ll use mountain time as a reference area and incorporate insights from part one [...]
New data description paper on our tree point cloud dataset was just published Today, our data description paper was published in the open access Journal Earth System Science Data: Weiser, H., Schäfer, J., Winiwarter, L., Krašovec, N., Fassnacht, F. E., and Höfle, B. (2022): Individual tree point clouds and tree measurements from multi-platform laser scanning [...]
Heidelberger Geoinformatiker machen im Projekt „SocialMedia2Traffic“ geokodierte Informationen nutzbar Navigationsdienste benötigen aktuelle Verkehrsinformationen, um geeignete Routen zu ermitteln und die Fahrzeit möglichst genau zu berechnen. Dafür können nun auch frei zugängliche Daten aus Sozialen Medien und der Weltkarte OpenStreetMap genutzt werden. Ein entsprechendes System, mit dem sich aus ihnen die Verkehrsgeschwindigkeit abhängig von der Tageszeit [...]
Over the last two years, we have witnessed the ever-fast growth of micro-mobility services (e.g., e-bikes and e-scooters), which brings both challenges and innovations to the traditional urban transportation systems. For example, they provide an opportunity to better address the “last mile” problem due to their convenience, flexibility and zero emission. As such, it is [...]
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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)