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Monthly Archive for June, 2015

We are happy to announce that a new JAVA-based tool is available that allows extracting raw GPS data from the OpenStreetMap GPS planet file. The tool is under LGPL license. It allows to specify a bounding box and to export the extracted data to 3D-Shapefiles. Besides the full GPS planet file there are also regional [...]

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Our postdoctoral member Maxim Rylov was recently awared the first prize in the 2014 peer-reviewed paper competition of Cartographic Perspectives (Journal of the North American Cartographic Information Society NACIS). The prizewinning paper is entitled “Pairwise Line Labeling of Geographic Boundaries: An Efficient and Practical Algorithm“. The jury praised the paper to be “impressively useful and [...]

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The assessment of the quality of volunteered geographic information (VGI) is cornerstone to understand the fitness for purpose of VGI in many application domains. Most analyses focus on the geometric and positional quality, and only sporadic attention has been devoted to the interpretation of the data, i.e., the communication process through which consumers try to [...]

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In June 2015 the LiDAR Research Group (LRG), Heidelberg University, performed a joint expedition with the Alfred-Wegener Institute (AWI).
This was our first field expedition within the PermaSAR research project, which is funded by the BMWi / German Aerospace Center (DLR) from 2015 to 2018. The project PermaSAR aims at developing a novel method [...]

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We are happy to learn and inform that the Impact Factor (IF) of the International Journal “Transactions in GIS” according to the new ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking (Thomson Reuters 2015) has seen a nearly 40% increase from 1.000 to 1.398 from 2013 to 2014.
The new IF means that “Transactions in GIS” is now [...]

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The next talk in our regular colloquium series is quickly approaching. This week Falk Zscheile (Staatsbetrieb Sächsische Informatik Dienste, Dresden) will shed light on the quality of geographic data and information from a rather unconventional perspective: a legal point of view. We invite you to the public talk, which will take place on Thursday, 25th [...]

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OpenRouteService in QGIS - Plugin

Together with the help of our friends from Geolicious OSM routing with our OpenRouteService now has been made available within Quantum GIS.
The “OSM Route” plugin is published in the offical QGIS repository and can be simply installed via the QGIS plugin manager (please enable experimental plugins within QGIS, see screenshot below, then search for OSM [...]

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In our research “Routing in Dense Human Crowds Using Smartphone Movement Data and Optical Aerial Imagery“, we propose a navigation approach for smartphones that enables visitors of major events to avoid crowded areas or narrow streets and to navigate out of dense crowds quickly. Two types of sensor data are integrated. Real-time [...]

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Raul Krauthausen - the multi award-winning activists well-known from TV and press, founder of Sozialhelden and WheelMap.org - presents his book “Dachdecker wollt ich eh nicht werden“.
WheelMap.org is a prime example of how social engagement and Crowdsouring geodata via OpenStreetMap can be combined perfectly.

Friday, 03/07/2015 19h (doors open at 18:30) in the multi-purpose hall [...]

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Last week saw the 18th AGILE conference being held in Lisbon, Portugal. Starting on Tuesday with a number of parallel workshops, the conference ran until Friday and included a number of interesting talks, key note sessions and a number of social events. The presence of GIScience at Heidelberg University was felt through two workshops being [...]

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