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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21.11.2017 07:38
Keynote at ‘Fachaustausch Geoinformation’ Heidelberg / Meet GIScience Heidelberg and HeiGIT

The regional GI Conference “Fachaustausch Geoinformatik” of the GeoNet.MRN is taking place on this Thursday Nov 23rd at the Print Media Academy Heidelberg. Prof. Alexander Zipf is giving one keynote about analysis and usage potential of free and open geodata. He will present some of the related work of the GIScience Research Group Heidelberg and [...]

18.11.2017 17:26
Today “First Lego League” at Mathematikon Heidelberg

Here you find some impressions from the regional tournament of the First League League (FLL), that today took place for the first time at Mathematikon Heidelberg and was co-organized by NanoGiants Academy e.V. and IWR (Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing) Heidelberg University. This is part of a world wide event with over 1000 teams participating. School [...]

17.11.2017 20:01
GIScience visit to Haus der Astronomie Heidelberg

Members of the GIScience Research Group Heidelberg and Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT) had a really great visit to the fancy “Haus der Astronomie” (Wow, the architecture mimics a spiral galaxy!), the Max Plank Institute of Astronomie and the historic Landessternwarte Königstuhl (state observatory) from 1898. An interactive trip through the galaxy and beyond was [...]

16.11.2017 08:08
Einladung: HGG-Vortrag: Verkehrsplanung in Heidelberg - derzeitige Konzepte und Zukunftsvisionen

Die Heidelberger Geographische Gesellschaft lädt ein: Verkehrsplanung in Heidelberg - derzeitige Konzepte und Zukunftsvisionen Dienstag, 21. November 2017, 19:00 Uhr Dipl.-Geogr. Sebastian Gieler (Stadt Heidelberg) Ort der Abendvorträge Kleiner Hörsaal (HS2) des Kirchhoff -Instituts für Physik (KIP) Heidelberg ist in den letzten Jahren um 10.000 Einwohner und ebenso viele Arbeitsplätze gewachsen. Ein ähnlicher Zuwachs ist in der kommenden Dekade zu erwarten [...]

14.11.2017 08:39
TODAY at Heidelberg: Join OSM Mapathon for ‘Geography Awareness Week’

Dear Geographers and Mapping Enthusiasts, November 12th-18th is the international OpenStreetMap GeoWeek as part of the Geography Awareness Week. Since 1987, in the third week of November all around the world different kind of projects and activities are planned to raise awareness about the significance of geography and spatial data and how we affect and are [...]

13.11.2017 09:48
Deutsches Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie (BKG) nutzt openrouteservice als eigenen Routing-Dienst

Seit einiger Zeit nutzt das Deutsche Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie (BKG) openrouteservice (ORS) mit Daten von OpenStreetMap (OSM) als eigenen Routing-Dienst, inklusive der Geocoder und Isochronen APIs von ORS. Außerdem wurde die openrouteservice API um spezielle Funktionen erweitert, die z.B. für Radrouting relevant sind. Das BKG ist die amtliche Stelle für topographische Daten, [...]

11.11.2017 14:19
3rd CFP: Special Issue “Crowdsourcing for Urban Geoinformatics”, Deadline End of Nov 2017, Open Access by Taylor & Francis, no publishing costs

Crowdsourcing for Urban Geoinformatics Aims and Scope Modern mobile devices are pervasively equipped with embedded sensors and cameras, and allow the positioning of media contents within geographic space. In combination with the Web 2.0 paradigm, this has led to the crowdsourcing approach, which in turn has become an important data acquisition technique. It is now possible to [...]

09.11.2017 02:16
HeiGIT/GIScience partnership with Kathmandu Living Labs

Kathmandu Living Labs- a team of young entrepreneurs and out of the box thinkers that change the use and creation of data in Nepal. The team around Nama Budhathoki was launched in 2013 and emerged of a previous Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI) program. In the scope of the OpenDRI project, the team has [...]

07.11.2017 16:27
CALL FOR PAPERS: GIS track of ISCRAM, International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

CALL FOR PAPERS 15th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2018) May 20-23, 2018, Rochester, NY, USA https://iscram2018.rit.edu/submissions Track: Geospatial Technologies and Geographic Information Science for Crisis Management (GIS) https://iscram2018.rit.edu/sites/rit.edu.iscram2018/files/docs/ISCRAM_2018_track_GIS.pdf Deadline for paper submissions: December 03, 2017 Track Description With disasters and disaster management being an “inherently spatial” problem, geospatial information and technologies have been widely [...]

05.11.2017 21:06
Einladung: Fachaustausch Geoinformation Heidelberg: am 09.11.17 endet die offizielle Anmeldefrist für Teilnehmer.

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren der diesjährige Fachaustausch eilt mit Siebenmeilenstiefeln auf uns zu. Fachaustausch Geoinformation Die [...]

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 Klaus Tschira
Klaus Tschira

On 31 March 2015, Dr. h. c. Dr.-Ing. E. h. Klaus Tschira died unexpectedly and far too soon. We mourn for a great promoter of science.

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