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Monthly Archive for March, 2014

On Saturday March 13th we gave an introduction to OpenStreetMap to 18 pupils participating in the KinderUni (Young University) Heidelberg. The computer pool of the Department of Geography was crowded with kids between 8 and 14 years of age. As a motivation the intro started with a typcial - and very actual - crowdsourcing task [...]

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Objective
This workshop will elaborate on the possibilities of using geospatial information and processing across multiple sectors, and thereby implementing Digital Earth applications, i.e. applications of next-generation Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI). With this event, we initiate a coordinated discussion on the topic and through published guidelines [...]

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On Wednesday, 19th of March, the Kings Hall (Torhalle) facades at UNESCO World Heritage Site Lorsch Abbey were captured in 3D with a terrestrial laser scanner Riegl VZ-400 (provided by the Chair of GIScience) by Martin Hämmerle (LiDAR Research Group). The produced data set consists of about 65 million laser points and will allow for [...]

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Today, the winner of the first LVISA Expert User Contest was awarded. The prize rewards the most valuable and extensive user feedback to the LVISA developers within the last year. The winner is Martin Hämmerle who receives a brand-new MS Kinect sensor (with portable screen) for 3D data capturing and a symbolic small tree to [...]

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On the 5th and 6th of March, members of our working group Clemens Jacobs and René Westerholt visited the kickoff meeting of the WIPs-DE project, a Germany-wide effort to improve protection of certain plant species, sponsored by Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN, Bundesamt of Naturschutz) in the federal biodiversity programme. Among other goals, the [...]

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The term “real time” regarding airborne remote-sensing data can only seldom be found in recent literature on geospatial research. In the course of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) project VABENE, an airborne monitoring system has been developed which is able to pre-process remotely sensed images in real time by an on-board [...]

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The LIDAR Research Group (LRG) released LVISA - a novel system for analyzing point clouds of vegetation. This system examplifies a web-based laser scanning database for the management and analysis of tree reference signatures. It combines techniques and methods of LiDAR and 3D GIScience.
We present a new release of LVISA including re-designed and re-implemented client [...]

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Citizen Cyberscience Summit @London, UK

Two members of our research group, Clemens Jacobs and Johannes Lauer, attended the Citizen Cyberscience Summit in London (20.-22.02.2014) (http://cybersciencesummit.org/). Three days of talks, workshops and hackday challenges gave profound insights into current and future research, as well as opportunities to contribute results and ideas. A great variety of projects [...]

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A new platform for finding Citizen Science projects went online: “Citizen Science Search” (http://koenigstuhl.geog.uni-heidelberg.de/citizen-science) helps to organize, publish and find projects related to citizen science. The focus is on projects related to German speaking countries as well as international projects, where citizens also can participate from German speaking countries. The service is brought to you [...]

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Identifying and characterizing variations of human activity – specifically changes in intensity and similarity – in urban environments provide insights into the social component of those eminently complex systems. Using large volumes of user-generated mobile phone data, we derive mobile communication profiles that we use as a proxy for the collective human activity. In [...]

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