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Monthly Archive for February, 2015

OpenMapSurfer maps in QGIS

Using the free and open soruce gis QGIS in work or research, sometimes you might need to visualize spatial data on top of a basemap that is provided through different web interfaces such as WMS, WMTS or TMS service. Generally, this can be accomplished by using either WMS drivers or OpenLayers plugin. Both solutions [...]

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Dear Colleagues,
The recent availability of big data linked to geographical locations has provided the GIScientists and Remote Sensing scholars a new era of research in for Urban Informatics and Earth Observation. Big data era is far beyond storage and access and by making sense of it, hidden interconnected patterns of data and information can be [...]

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On January 28, the evaluation meeting for the results of the first year of European FP7 project CAP4Access took place at European Commission in Brussels. Representatives of all project partners gave a presentation of the results and work-in-progress of their tasks which followed by questions from two external reviewers appointed by the European Commission.
From the CAP4Access [...]

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On Saturday, 07.02.2015, the Neuenheimer Feld of the University Heidelberg was the area of interest for new “mappers” of the KinderUni workshop at the Institute of Geography. After an introduction about OpenStreetMap, the children between the age of 9-12 years were able to go out and do some mapping themselves. Equipped with GPS devices and [...]

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During the last decades, the epidemiological research has given indications that mental diseases can be related to socio-economic, as well as to environmental risk factors. In cooperation between the newly founded Psychiatric-Epidemiological Centrum (PEZ) at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, the GIScience Research Group (Heidelberg University) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology [...]

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Recently a new joint project together with several groups at Heidelberg University has been accepted and is starting now. The interdisciplinary so called “Reallabor Urban Office” deals with sustainable urban development in the knowledge society and is coordinated by Prof. Gerhard (Geography of North America) and tightly linked to the Internationale Bauaustellung IBA Heidelberg.
The project [...]

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The German Federal Ecological Foundation organized together with the consortium „BürGEr schaffen WISSen (GEWISS)“ a citizen science workshop, which took place at the 26th and 27th of January. Participants from academia, industry and administration discussed recent trends and applications. Furthermore, group discussions regarding limitations and urgent problems of citizen science were also on the agenda. [...]

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Thanks to the initative of the Disaster Mappers Heidelberg, Patrick Meier, co-founder of the StandbyTaskForce and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative will give a presentation on February 11th 2015 via videoconference at the Insitute of Geography, Großer Hörsaal, Berliner Straße 48, Heidelberg at 4pm.
Don’t miss this chance to learn more about Disaster Mapping, Crisis Mapping [...]

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As announced earlier in our blog, there are open thesis topics within the European project: CAP4Access. Heidelberg University’s GIScience Research Group is a project partner of CAP4ACCESS. Other project partners include UCL, Fraunhofer and sozialhelden.de with their wheelmap.org project.
The goal of CAP4Access project is to improve the accessibility of mobility-restricted people, in particular those who are wheelchair users. As all [...]

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The final talk of this semesters’ colloquium series of GIScience Heidelberg will take place next Thursday, the 05th of February, at 04:15 pm. It will be held by Stephan Arnold from the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden and is entitled “EAGLE - Eionet Action Group [...]

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