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Today we celebrate the International Day for #DisasterRiskReduction. HeiGIT offers a growing set of tools and services that support humanitarian aid during and before disasters. Examples include work in the context of the Missing Maps initiative, like conceptualising and extending microtasking apps like MapSwipe, as well as services for analysing MapSwipe data and making it [...]

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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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We cordially invite you to a Brownbag presentation by our Guest Researcher Dr. Jennings Anderson!
When? Tuesday, 8/10/2019, 1-2.30 pm
Where? Seminar room 15, INF 348
Jennings is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder exploring new approaches to analytical infrastructures for big, peer-produced geospatial datasets, specifically OpenStreetMap. His dissertation work involved designing contributor-centric research methods [...]

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First of all, thanks to everybody who attended our ohsome lab on OpenStreetMap History Analysis at last weeks FOSS4G in Bucharest. Even though there were eleven (!) tracks running in parallel, and our lab was not in the same location as the program track, we had some interested participants. Their affiliation ranged from public institutions [...]

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This week, the annual conference FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) is taking place in Bucharest, Romania. The conference is organized by The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and attracts over 1000 professionals from industry and academia each year. The HeiGIT Big Spatial Data Team will present the ohsome platform and related tools such as the [...]

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Where is the next shaded bench to escape the burning heat? Where can I play soccer within the city and later on have a barbecue with my friends? All of these questions require information about features of urban green spaces. Although it is easy to find the right place within your own neighbourhood, it is [...]

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Farm Shops are ohsome

Welcome back to another ohsome blog post. Today, we will present the results of a recent analysis performed by our student assistant Jascha, who took a look at the distribution and development of farm shops (in German: Hofläden) at different scales in OpenStreetMap (OSM). This analysis is based on previous work within the global climate protection [...]

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Also the program of the “Academic Track” for ‘State of the Map‘ (SotM) as been released now. Early bird ticket prices are still available until 7th of July.
See the website for all the details: 2019.stateofthemap.org
Two contributions are by members of the GIScience Research Group Heidelberg:

Analyzing the spatio-temporal patterns and impacts of large-scale data production events [...]

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Last week Dr. Clemens Jacobs successfully defended his PhD about methods for assessing the data quality of citizen science observations of organisms.
Congratulations, well done!!! We wish all the very best for the future!

The research aimed at using geographic context as an information source for estimating the plausibility of an observation, e.g., of a bird, which was [...]

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Global Platform 2019 in Geneva

Creating maps helps humanity. Drawing maps together with communities is crucial for effective risk reduction interventions, ensuring no one is left behind.
The progress of the implementation of the targets set by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) have been key discussion points during this years Global Platform in Geneva. [...]

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