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Last June, colleagues from the GIScience group - Dr. Tessio Novack, Dr. Michael Schultz and Prof. Dr. Alexander Zipf - together with Dr. Peter Mooney (Maynooth University, Ireland) and Dr. Yair Grinberger (The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel) have organized a workshop on “The Geographical and Cultural Aspects of Geo-Information: Issues and Solutions (GeoCultGIS)” as [...]

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Happy Birthday Missing Maps! On the occasion of the recently launched Missing Maps 5 Years Birthday Blog, that also highlighted our latest Missing Maps related HeiGIT and ohsome projects, we put together an overview of our years with and within the Missing Maps.
November 2014 the Missing Maps project was launched by the British and American [...]

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Last week was the Smart City Expo World Congress 2019 took place in Barcelona. Our region geoinformation network GeoNet.MRN was there with a booth presenting the members of GeoNet.MRN, among others the GIScience Research Group / HeiGIT at Heidelberg University.
We offer a range of technologies and services for building sustainable smart cities, esp. in the field [...]

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Recently a new DFG project proposal was accepted to the GIScience Research Group Heidelberg within the DFG priority programme VisVGI (Volunteered Geographic Information: Interpretation, Visualisation and Social Computing” [SPP 1894]). It is joint collaboration project together with Prof. Begüm Demir from TU Berlin.
IDEAL-VGI: Information Discovery from Big Earth Observation Data Archives by Learning from Volunteered [...]

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The colleagues from GIScience Dr Tessio Novack, Dr Michael Schultz, and Prof. Alexander Zipf, together with Dr Yair Grinberger from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, are editing a Special Issue of Transactions in GIS on Geographical and Cultural Aspects of Geo-Information – Issues and Solutions.
We are welcoming high-quality contributions related, but not limited, [...]

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The computing center (URZ) of Heidelberg University will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on Friday 11th October 2019 with a festive colloquium.
Prof. Dr. Alexander Zipf gives a speech on Big Spatial Data Analytics of geodata in the cloud. Examples from the work of the Department of Geoinformatics of the University of Heidelberg and the Heidelberg [...]

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In 2015, MapSwipe began as a solution to a complex question: how do we better identify where communities and populations are, allowing mapping to be more efficient and effective?
Using a simple mobile app, volunteers are able to swipe through a series of satellite images, tapping in areas where they find features. MapSwipe can be used [...]

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Our new paper on Machine Learning and Humanitarian Mapping
Nowadays, Machine Learning and Deep Learning approaches are steadily gaining popularity within the humanitarian (mapping) community. New tools such as the ML Enabler or the rapId editor might change the way crowdsourced data is produced in the future. Hence, at the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology and [...]

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Recently a new paper about Estimating OpenStreetMap Missing Built-up Areas using Pre-trained Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) has been presented at the AGILE GIScience conference 2019 in Cyprus.
Although built-up areas cover only a small proportion of the earth’s surface, these areas are closely tied to most of the world’s population and the economic output, which makes the [...]

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This week, the 3DGeo participated in the ISPRS Geospatial Week 2019 with two presentations among the sessions of the Laser Scanning Workshop with many interesting talks and poster.
Presentations were given by Ashutosh Kumar in the Machine Learning Session and Katharina Anders in the Change Detection Session.
Highlight: The work by Ashutosh Kumar on feature relevance in [...]

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