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The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) has launched an activation to support humanitarian operations responding to the impact of Cyclone Idai. These efforts were already supported by more than 1500 mappers of the global OpenStreetMap (OSM) community that contribute geodata about the affected regions in Mozambique and the surrounding countries.
The team at HeiGIT (Heidelberg Institute [...]

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We are always happy to support citizen science projects at the HeiGIT. HeiGIT/ GIScience efforts already range from tools that assess the data quality of citizen science projects (see, e.g., this blog post about “Plausible Parrots“) to approaches related to data creation, like MapSwipe Analytics (learn more here).
Currently, we are supporting citizen science approaches towards [...]

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Max is two and loves spending Monday afternoons with his Dad at the playground. Finding a suitable playground however isn’t easy, since a few criteria must be met: there should be a bench and some trees nearby to get shelter from the sun and an ice cream shop within the neighbourhood. Using the new spatial [...]

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Global analyses are ohsome

We, the Big Spatial Data Analytics Group at HeiGIT have ohsome news to share: From now on, you can send your requests to our global ohsome API instance. So far, we’ve had a public instance for Nepal and Germany, but now you can analyse OSM’s history globally.
Additionally to the API, we also have a global dashboard instance. You choose any country, [...]

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In order to analyze the quality of OSM data, a study at GIScience Heidelberg investigated the influence of the mappers’ cultural backgrounds on their mapping behavior and hence questioned the general validity of semantic (street) classifications in OSM.
Nepal was hit by a series of earthquakes in April 2015. The OSM community quickly reacted by organizing [...]

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Recently, earth observation by satellites has shown great capability in supporting a range of challenges such as disaster assessment, agriculture monitoring, and humanitarian mapping. MapSwipe, as a humanitarian mapping app, provides a crowdsourcing platform to collect volunteered geographical information (VGI), in order to generate the demanding base map of human settlements for better planning of [...]

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Humanitarian organizations can’t help people if they can’t find them.
This was the simple reason to create MapSwipe back in 2016 and it is still as pressing as in the very beginning. In the last 2,5 years volunteers have contributed more than 18,000,000 results, which help humanitarian organizations to create maps of human [...]

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Last week, Michael Schultz (GIScience Research Group) attended the Humanitarian Technology Days 2019 that was organized by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) as a representative of the GIScience Research Group/ HeiGIT and of our collaboration with German Red Cross.
For two days, around 80 scientists, humanitarian actors and funding organisations [...]

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A new study has been published in the international open access journal Geo-spatial Information Science (GSIS, Taylor & Francis), that explores the land use/land cover (LULC) separability by the machine-generated and user-generated Flickr photo tags (i.e. the auto-tags and the user-tags, respectively), based on an authoritative LULC dataset for San Diego County in the United [...]

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In a previous blog post we performed a conceptual compliance analysis between OSM data and several tagging-guidelines using the OSHDB API. The results were visualized in a line chart, comparing the different compliance ratio over several months. The following analysis focuses on a spatial representation of the conceptual compliance. It is [...]

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