Forschungsprojekt

Psychogeography

During the last decades, the epidemiological research has given indications that mental diseases including depressions and anxiety disorder can be related to socio-economic, as well as to environmental risk factors. In this project, geodata will be collected and maps showing the potential risk of mental stress in urban environments (urban stress) will be created. The aim is to address the relationship between mental stress and urban characteristics.

In order to address the relationship between mental stress and the urban environment, heterogeneous spatial data has to be collected from a various amount of sources. These include both public and private sources. In addition to that also crowd sourced data will be used. The approach is to first create a homogenous spatial data base that includes relevant socio-economic data (population density, crime statistics, migration- and unemployment ratio etc.) and data regarding the urban environment (noise, air quality, access to public green space, among others). In order to create a homogenous data base, the data from different sources have to be georeferenced, geocoded, transformed, tested for quality and projected in the same coordinate system. Eventually, this will offer a solid database for the study area which incorporates the Rhine-Neckar region, Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen in southern Germany.

The relationship between mental stress and the urban environment will thereafter be addressed by correlating questionnaire data with the spatial urban environment data.

Selected Publications:
News
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 [...]

31.10.2017 08:45
Missing Maps mapathon to support OSM GeoWeek

Dear Mapping Enthusiasts, November 12th-18th is the international OpenStreetMap GeoWeek. 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 affected by it. This year we celebrate the 30th birthday [...]

30.10.2017 12:41
The impacts of environmental factors on cycling behavior

As it is widely accepted, cycling tends to produce health benefits and reduce air pollution. Policymakers encourage people to use bikes by improving cycling facilities as well as developing bicycle-sharing systems (BSS). It is interesting to investigate how environmental factors influence the cycling behavior of users of bicycle-sharing systems, as users of bicycle-sharing systems tend [...]

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