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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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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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DeepVGI at WWW2017 Perth

Our group member Jiaoyan Chen attended the 26th World Wide Web Conference from 3 April to 7 April in Perth, Australia. The topic of the conference includes web-related machine learning, social network, knowledge base, crowdsourcing, urban data mining, etc. He gave a 30-minues presentation in the co-conference Big 2017 as well as a poster [...]

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On Friday, our member René Westerholt held a talk at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) in Boston. The talk which is entitled “Topological and scale-related issues in Twitter analyses through superimposed forms of spatial heterogeneity” was part of a special session on geographic data science organised by Alex Singleton from [...]

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Our team member René Westerholt recently held a joint session with Dr Guibo Sun from Hong Kong University. The session on “spatial urban analytics” was part of the Geography colloquium at Harvard University. Both talks were dealing with methodological issues. Thereby, René emphasised on technical issues in the spatial analysis of social media data. Dr [...]

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Recently, Strava, a popular website and mobile app dedicated to tracking athletic activity (cycling and running), began offering a data service called Strava Metro, designed to help transportation researchers and urban planners to improve infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians. Strava Metro data has the potential to promote studies of cycling and health by indicating where [...]

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Asher Yair Grinberger (Jerusalem) has been awarded a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt PostDoc Fellowship. He will join the GIScience Research Group Heidelberg later this summer to work for two years on developing theory & methods related to Big Spatial Data. We are looking forward working with him in Heidelberg.
But you have the chance to meet [...]

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The MapSwipe App is widely used by many volunteers who donate their time and brain capacity to find buildings or roads on satellite imagery. Just recently we counted the 10,000,000th contribution! After only 6 months since MapSwipe was launched!
The outcome of these efforts are mainly used by humanitarian organisations like MSF, Netherlands Red Cross or [...]

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NEOHAZ goes in the second round

The NEOHAZ project will be funded by the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities for a second phase till the end of 2018. This prolonging enables further research about the integration of implicit knowledge from non-scientists in disaster management. The findings and methods of the first part will be used within the context of a [...]

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