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:
25.05.2018 08:38
Colloquium on monitoring of rockfalls and post-seismic landslide patterns

We cordially invite everybody interested to our next open GIScience colloquium talk The speaker is Dr. Jack Williams Department of Geography, Durham University When: Monday 28.05.2018, 2:15 pm Where: INF 348, room 015 (Institute of Geography, Heidelberg University) Near-continuous monitoring of rockfalls and insights into post-seismic landslide patterns This talk focuses on two strands of research that are both partially underpinned by [...]

24.05.2018 23:40
BuFaTa Mapathon HD – Spreading the Word about OpenStreetMap and Missing Maps

Last weekend Heidelberg was the host city of this semesters geography “BuFaTa” (Bundesfachschaftentagung). During this four day event student associations from Germany, Austria and Switzerland and their members came together to discuss, learn and spend time together. The event was organized by an excellent student team from Heidelberg. The disastermappers Heidelberg contributed to the BuFaTa by organising a Missing [...]

23.05.2018 22:21
Presentation on VGI and society: inequalities, exclusions and power asymmetries of user generated geoinformation

This morning Georg Glasze and Thomas Bittner from Erlangen University gave a very interesting keynote talk on “VGI and society: inequalities, exclusions and power asymmetries of user generated geoinformation”. It was well received and lead to a lively discussion among the participants of the DFG SPP VGIscience Collaborative Research Week that is taking place this week [...]

18.05.2018 10:24
Ohsome - a high level architectual overview of the OSM History Analytics platform

Recently we introduced the ohsome platform for OSM History Analytics. Now we want to give you a high-level overview of the ohsome platform and the components it consists of. Ohsome API The ohsome platform is based on a three-layers API architecture, where the flexibility, as well as the usage-complexity are increasing going from the top to [...]

16.05.2018 19:14
Identifying the Effects of Mobility Domains on Volunteered Geographical Information: Towards an Analytical Approach

The production of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) is a type of human behavior which emerges via direct and indirect interactions with the physical environments described by these data. The nature of these interactions and the extent to which they rely on physical presence in the mapped area may affect the quality of the resulting digital [...]

15.05.2018 23:02
VGI ALIVE workshop Draft Agenda is available - Join us @AGILE in Lund, Sweden

The organizers are happy to announce that list of accepted papers at the VGI ALIVE workshop are available. Therefore a prelimnary draft agenda of the workshop at AGILE 2018 in Lund has been posted. Looks like an interesting and promising programme! Stay tuned for further updates and join us for discussions and collaborative sessions in [...]

12.05.2018 10:18
Associating OpenStreetMap tags to CORINE land-cover classes using text and semantic similarity measures

With the aim of rapidly estimating the updated state of the CORINE land-cover map at the frequency with which the OpenStreetMap (OSM) dataset is edited and extended, we propose an approach for automatically associating widely used OSM tags to Level 1 and Level 2 CORINE land-cover classes. This association is probabilistic and is undertaken based [...]

10.05.2018 20:55
Enhancing Crowdsourced Classification on Human Settlements Utilizing Logistic Regression Aggregation and Intrinsic Context Factors

Among semi-automated methods and pre-processed data products, crowdsourcing is another tool which can help to collect information on human settlements and complement existing data, yet it’s accuracy is debated. Whereas the potential of crowdsourced datasets for training of machine learning algorithms has been explored recently, only few work has been done towards utilizing machine learning [...]

08.05.2018 22:14
Routing for Accessibility - new Project with City of Heidelberg

Accessibility is a widely discussed topic and there are a growing number of efforts to sensitise European cities and municipalities to the topic. A focus of such efforts is the facilitation of easy access to public places for everyone, including those with walking disabilities, balance and visual disorders, as well as people requiring the use [...]

06.05.2018 21:31
Overview GIScience Colloquium Heidelberg SoSe 2018

wie in jedem Semester findet auch im Sommersemester 2018 das Geoinformatik-Kolloquium am Geographischen Institut statt. Hierzu möchten wir Sie herzlich einladen! Internationale Gäste berichten aus ihren interessanten Forschungsprojekten. Nutzen Sie die Gelegenheit, sich über die neuesten Entwicklungen in der Geoinformatik und in angrenzenden Forschungsfeldern zu informieren und mit Forschern aus aller Welt zu diskutieren! Das Geoinformatik-Kolloquium findet [...]

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