Institute of Geography
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
D-69120 Heidelberg
Bettina Knorr
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
Room 108, first floor
D-69120 Heidelberg
Phone: +49 (0) 6221 54-5560
Fax: +49 (0) 6221 54-4529
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Mon–Thu, 9 am–12 noon
HCE – Heidelberg Center for the Environment
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GIScience / Geoinformatics Research Group

GIScience Heidelberg

Essential parts of the research focus of the GIScience research group (Geoinformatics) are reflected by the PhD graduate school (CrowdAnalyser) (Speaker: Prof. A. Zipf). This group consists of several PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, who investigate the quality and usage potential of user-generated content (UGC). The main focus is on Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI). We develop new methods for spatio-temporal analysis of big data sources such as OpenStreetMap or Social Media and other Web 2.0 projects, ranging across Twitter, Flickr to all kinds of geo-social networks.

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Several projects and services built on these evolving data sources demonstrate the feasability of their usage in different domains. Some realized services can be discovered online, e.g. OpenRouteService.org or uni-heidelberg.de/openmapsurfer.

The Klaus Tschira Foundation supports establishing the "Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology" (HeiGIT) at the Institute of Geography at Heidelberg University. The aim is to improve knowledge and technology transfer from fundamental research into practice within the field of Geoinformatics. The focus areas comprise ("Big Spatial Data Analytics"), "Navigation Intelligence and Location Based Services" and "VGI for Humanitarian Aid in Disaster Management".

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Latest News

Further news can be found at giscienceblog.uni-hd.de (also as RSS-Feed). You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Our publications e.g. in Journals or Conferences can be found on dedicated pages.

23.05.2017 16:59
Presentation and Demo Session on MapSwipe Analytics at MSF Scientific Days London

MSF Scientific Days is a conference organised by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) with a focus on research and innovation towards improving humanitarian actions. This years conference was held from May 19-20 at the Royal Society of Medicine in London and brought together more than 200 people. The presentations covered different aspects of medical treatment, but [...]

22.05.2017 11:31
Last Call for Papers on VGI-ANALYTICS - Special Issue in Geo-Spatial Information Science

Geo-spatial Information Science Special Issue Call for Papers on Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI)-Analytics Deadline: 9 June 2017 Geo-spatial [...]

18.05.2017 15:15
Teaching in Santiago de Chile at the Heidelberg Center for Latin America

NEOHAZ team members Carolin Klonner and Tomás Usón were teaching at the Heidelberg Center for Latin America (HCLA). The block module GIS 2 for the “research methodologies” seminar was attended by students of the international Master “Governance of Risks and Resources”. The master is a joined project of the Heidelberg University, Pontificia Universidad Católica de [...]

17.05.2017 09:04
Paper on OSMlanduse.org at AGIT

The programme of the AGIT Symposium 2017 in Salzburg is online now and it includes a first paper about the work at GIScience Heidelberg on OSMlanduse.org. It will be presented 6 July in the afternoon at AGIT Salzburg. The talk is entitled “OSMLanduse Version 1″ while the full titel of the paper is: Voß, J., M. Auer, [...]

15.05.2017 12:43
GIScience contributions to 20th AGILE conference in Wageningen, Netherlands

This year AGILE celebrated its 20th birthday and conference from May 10 - 12 at Wageningen University, Netherlands. The conference organizers chose “societal geo-information” to be the main theme of the research presented. The GIScience Research Group Heidelberg was represented by its members Tessio Novack, Franz-Benjamin Mocnik and Benjamin Herfort. On Tuesday, the day before the [...]

14.05.2017 17:20
Bike2Work Week: Let OpenRouteService help to find nice routes.

It is #Bike2Work Week ! (*) Time to think about some more nice bicycle tours in BikeMonthMay (any beyond ;-) OpenRouteService.org does assist you with a set of nice options for different types of bicyclist, such as Safest Tour, Touring Bike, Mountain Bike or Road Bike. This includes also an E-Bicycle profile which especially comes in handy [...]

12.05.2017 18:02
3D-MAPP talk at 9th “Dresdner Flächennutzungsymposium”

The “Dresdner Flächennutzungssymposium” is an annual event aimed at fostering the discussions about current devolepment regarding land use changes in Germany. During two days experts from government agencies, private companies and research institutions come together and elaborate the latest trends in different session. This years symposium took place from May 3-4. Almost all presentations covered [...]

12.05.2017 08:45
GIScience Colloquium Talk on the Use of Big data for detecting human activities, May 15

we cordially invite everybody interested to our next open GIScience colloquium talk on Mon, May 15, 2.15 pm, at the Department of Geography, Heidelberg University, Im Neuenheimer Feld 348, Lecture Hall, Room 015. The presentation will be given by Prof. Bo Huang (The Chinese University of Hong Kong). The topic is: Big data for detecting human activities Recent years have witnessed a dramatic increase in our [...]

11.05.2017 14:50
“How to handle OpenStreetMap data” Workshop Heidelberg, Mai 18th

OpenStreetMap has become a huge source for any kind of geographic information. In OpenStreetMap you now find not only street information, but also information related to buildings, shops, sights and in Heidelberg even to individual trees. Furthermore, OpenStreetMap data is open data – everyone is free to edit and to download the data to create own maps and [...]

08.05.2017 15:33
DeepVGI at HPI Future SOC Lab Day

Our research member Jiaoyan Chen attended the HPI Future SOC Lab Day – Spring 2017 in Potsdam, in April 25, 2017. The HPI Future SOC (Service-Oriented Computing) Lab Day is a cooperation of the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) and the industrial partners Dell EMC, Fujitsu, SAP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). Its mission is to enable and promote exchange and [...]

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Structure and Research Focus

In addition to investigating VGI, Big Spatial Data Analytics, LBS for Mobility and also Disaster Management in the whole group, in particular the LiDAR research group led by Bernhard Höfle has a strong focus on 3D geo-information. Corresponding research areas comprise data acquisition and retrieval using state-of-the-art 3D remote sensors such as laser scanning (i.e. topographic LiDAR) enriched by other potential sources such as crowdsourced data provided by human sensors. The primary focus here is the development of GIS-based algorithms for 3D data processing and analysis in order to improve the understanding of geographical phenomena. Applications cover the natural environment (e.g. geomorphology, precision farming and forestry) and the man-made landscape (e.g. Archeology and digital cultural heritage or solar potential assessment for buildings).

In Memoriam Klaus Tschira
Klaus Tschira

Am 31. März 2015 verstarb unerwartet und viel zu früh Herr Dr. h.c. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Klaus Tschira. Wir trauern um einen großen Förderer der Wissenschaft.

Pictures of the Group
GIScience Team

GIScience-Team (Jour-Fix-Meeting 2014)

GIScience Team

GIScience Team at GIScience Retreat (Trifels-Annweiler) in February 2013

GIScience Team

GIScience Team at Jour-Fix-Meeting in June 2012

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