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Within wayfinding and navigation tasks, the use of landmarks has been found to be a key aspect. In particular pedestrian instructions should focus on the delivery of “landmarks” to aid in navigation. Still the use of landmarks is not common in many navigation systems. The salience of features is an important aspect of whether they [...]

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Recently we introduced the website OSMlanduse.org . This week it is featured as “Image of the Week” in the OSM Wiki. Thanks a lot for the recognition! It is already the second OSM Wiki image of the week from GIScience Heidelberg in this short year,as in week 4 OSMvis from our group member Franz-Benjamin was [...]

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During last weeks LandSense stakeholder at IIASA workshops various tools relevant for VGI data capture, Quality assessment and beyond were discussed. Potential hotshots for validation and improvement of OSMLanduse were FotoQuest and LacoWiki. Also discussed were platforms for hobby bird fans or for spatial data geeks.
http://www.geog.uni-heidelberg.de/gis/land_sense.html
http://osmlanduse.org

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We have been busy working on some new features within the OpenRouteService which are especially suited for bicyclists. For starters we introduced an electronic bicycle profile which especially comes in handy for accessibility analyses considering elevation information.
To this end you will notice that inclines will not have such a large impact on the reachability compared [...]

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On Tuesday 17th January, the CAP4Access/MyAccessible.EU came to a close after three years with the successful completion of the final European Commission review meeting in Brussels. Reviewers were highly pleased with the outcomes of the project, both on the technical and societal fronts.
At GIScience in Heidelberg, through the EC FP7 project we have extended the [...]

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When using routing services that rely on OpenStreetMap data, the route engine might suggest you a path that seems to be longer than the shortest possible route you could identify on the map. The main reason behind this are either a lack of data completeness in OSM (for certain data attributes/ for certain regions) or [...]

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Last week on Monday 12th, we organized a workshop for the CAP4Access project that aimed to discuss ideas and methods on how the developed tools and services within the project would be exploited especially after the project has came to an end.
Dr. Emmanuel Sofianopoulos was the expert for the workshop appointed by the European Commission. The workshop [...]

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This week’s “OSM Wiki “Image of the Week”” shows two maps from our efforts to use MapSwipe data for defining and prioritising OSM Hot Tasking Manager tasks.
We appreciate the recognition :-)
The workflow and respective tools have been introduced recently and are based on the “Heidelberg Process“, that lead to the development of MapSwipe though [...]

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Today a new global WebMap prototype “OSMLanduse.org” has been launched by GIScience Research Group Heidelberg. The map provides worldwide Landuse/Landcover information on the basis of OpenStreetMap (OSM) data. This is based on our earlier work on testing the suitability of OpenStreetMap for deriving landuse and landcover information (LULC).
LULC data is highly relevant for many research [...]

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The MapSwipe app allows you to mark buildings and roads on satellite imagery within
just a few seconds by tapping on your smartphone. Thousands of volunteers contributed to
MapSwipe so far and it is just incredible how big the areas are that have been scanned (also see : With one swipe or tap you put a family [...]

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