GIScience Research Group
Institute of Geography
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
69120 Heidelberg
Bettina Knorr
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
69120 Heidelberg
Phone: +49 (0) 6221 54-5560
Fax: +49 (0) 6221 54-4529
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Room 108,
Office hours:
Mon–Thu, 9 am–12 noon
HCE – Heidelberg Center for the Environment
IWR – Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing
HCCH – Heidelberg Center for Cultural Heritage
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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 our companion “Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology” (HeiGIT), which is generously 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 quantitative courses that allow our students to specialize in geoinformatics.

Please note our vacancies.

Latest News

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22.03.2018 16:20
Colloquium: Production and use of information during emergencies: Experience from 2015 Nepal Earthquake

We cordially invite everybody interested to our next open GIScience colloquium talk The speaker is Dr. Nama Budhathoki Executive Director of Kathmandu Living Labs When: Monday 26.03.2018, 14:00 st Where: INF 348, room 015 (Institute of Geography, Heidelberg University) Abstract: Production and use of information during emergencies: Experience from 2015 Nepal Earthquake Information is one of the most critical infrastructures in times of [...]

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 [...]

20.03.2018 10:25
Graph-based matching of points-of-interest from collaborative geo-datasets

Several geospatial applications require comprehensive semantic information from points-of-interest (POIs). However, this information is frequently dispersed across different collaborative mapping platforms. Surprisingly, there is still a research gap on the conflation of POIs from this type of geo-dataset. In a recent paper by Novack et al. (2018), we focus on the matching aspect of POI [...]

19.03.2018 09:37
Third Workshop on “3D Field Methods in Geosciences”

The third workshop on 3D methods in geological applications was jointly organized by the University of Göttingen, the Geological Service of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW, German federal state), and the 3D Geo Research Group at Heidelberg University. The workshop is an event of the initiative “3D Field Methods in Geosciences”, which provides a platform to connect [...]

17.03.2018 15:21
POI/ROI Discovery using Flickr geotagged photos

In the era of big data, ubiquitous Flickr geotagged photos have opened a considerable opportunity for discovering valuable geographic information. Point of interest (POI) and region of interest (ROI) are significant reference data that are widely used in geospatial applications. A recently published study (Kuo et al 2018) study aims to develop an efficient method [...]

16.03.2018 14:49
Contribution selected for final round of GISRUK data challenge

The results of an analysis of migration data and of the Brexit referendum votes are among only four selected finalists of this year’s data challenge associated with the GISRUK conference. The research was conducted by a team advised by Professor João Porto de Albququerque (University of Warwick) including our colleague René Westerholt. The idea of [...]

15.03.2018 18:12
Preview of the ohsome Nepal dashboard

The ohsome OpenStreetMap history analytics platform, which is currently developed at HeiGIT, will make OSM’s full-history data more easily accessible. We are pleased to announce that we are coming closer to reaching our objectives, hereby sharing a preview of the first ohsome web dashboard. Our dashboards will allow you to explore [...]

13.03.2018 22:15
Reminder Deadline 30.03.2018 CFP: VGI-ALIVE Workshop at AGILE, Sweden

VGI-ALIVE - AnaLysis, Integration, Vision, Engagement Tuesday 12th June 2018, Lund, Sweden, Workshop at AGILE 2018 Introduction to the VGI-ALIVE Workshop The steady rise of data volume shared on already established and new Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and social media platforms calls for advanced analysis methods of user contribution patterns, leads to continued challenges in data fusion, and provides also new opportunities [...]

12.03.2018 21:06
GIScience contribution to Big Data Research Winter School with Indian IITs in Heidelberg

Currently Heidelberg University is establishing a PhD Research Training Group (RTG) on “Big Data Research“ together with several Indian Universities and Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) in the context of the HGS MathComp at the IWR (Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing). Partners from India include Allhabad University, Delhi University (MoU pending), Jawaharlal Nehru University, IIT Guwahati, [...]

09.03.2018 10:29
Masterclass and Workshop at the University of Warwick

Our colleague René Westerholt was recently invited to deliver a Masterclass on ‘Spatial Analysis’ at the University of Warwick (UK) on Tuesday, 6th of March. The one-day-event was hosted by the Q-Step Centre, an initiative to strengthen quantiative skills of students enrolled at the Social Science Faculty. The workshop was attended by students from various [...]

Pictures of the Group
GIScience Team

GIScience team at a jour fixe meeting in 2017

GIScience Team

GIScience team at a jour fixe meeting in 2014

GIScience Team

GIScience team at a retreat at Trifels-Annweiler in February 2013

GIScience Team

GIScience team at a jour fixe meeting in June 2012

In Memoriam Peter Meusburger
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)

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