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Monthly Archive for April, 2017

We would like to introduce you to a brand new API of OpenRouteService.org and a revamped route planner with many more features than before. With this major release we have removed XML and introduced a (much) longed for JSON support. You will notice some drastic optimisation in response times and you now have the advantage [...]

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A big thank you to all the mappers that supported the fight against Malaria in our Semester Start Mapathon yesterday!
In three hours, buildings in an area of around 400 km² were mapped that can now be covered in the Clinton Health Access Initiave Malaria program.
Moreover, a TV team of SWR was visiting the event [...]

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In the aftermath of natural disasters an assessment of the impact and damage in the affected area is crucial to enable coordination of response and recovery. While the disaster preparedness and response activations by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team in regard to infrastructure mapping have already proven great potential in various disaster events, due to a [...]

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Last week, Melanie Eckle of our disaster mapping/ disaster management department (HeiGIT) was invited to do an interview in the radio program “Early bird” of Deutschland Radio Wissen. She provided an overview of the use of OpenStreetMap for disaster management and humanitarian aid and the work of the GIScience Research Group, disastermappers heidelberg, Missing Maps [...]

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Last Thursday our GIScience HD team member Ming Li successfully defended her PhD. The thesis is entitled “Leveraging the Wisdom of the Crowd from Location-based Social Networks: Theoretical Potentials and Practical Applications”.
Thanks to the technical advancements, the mobile users all over the world are collaborating in the location-based social networks (LBSNs) to create a novel [...]

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We’ve recently finalised the programme of a workshop on “spatial urban analytics with user-generated geographic information”. The event is conjoined with the 2017 International Conference at the Royal Geographical Society in London and is co-chaired by René Westerholt (GIScience Heidelberg). We received methodological as well as empirical contributions, which reflects the breadth of the complex [...]

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we cordially invite everybody interested to our next open GIScience colloquium talk
on Mon, April 24, 2.15 pm,
at the Department of Geography, Heidelberg University, Im Neuenheimer Feld 348, Lecture Hall, Room 015.
The presentation will be given by Prof. Dr. Christine Pohl (Osnabrück).
The topic is:
The role of multimodal and multitemporal remote sensing in hazard and disaster [...]

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Within the exchange and collaboration project 3D-TAIGER (Multi-Source 3D Geoinformation Extraction for Improved Management of Forest and Natural Hazards – Collaboration between TAIwan and GERmany), a further workshop took place in Tainan from Thursday, 06 April 2017 to Monday, 10 April 2017.

Hosted by the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Tainan, the schedule comprised [...]

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Every year, 400 000 people – especially children- die of Malaria, an actually curable disease. The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is working with governments worldwide to prevent, heal and control malaria (http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org).
Many regions of our world are not covered on a map. Maps are however an important tool for planning vaccination [...]

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