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  • Unveiling the Impact of School Commutes: Charles Hatfield Presents Insights on Traffic Congestion and Urban Planning at ATRC 2024

    Unveiling the Impact of School Commutes: Charles Hatfield Presents Insights on Traffic Congestion and Urban Planning at ATRC 2024

    Charles Hatfield will represent HeiGIT at the first ever African Transport Research Conference (ATRC 2024) which takes place from March 5-7 in Capetown, South Afrika. The conference was established to address rapid urbanisation in Africa and the corresponding challenges for transport and infrastructure. Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) and the Centre for Transport Studies…

  • IDEAL-VGI: Analyzing and Improving the Quality and Fitness for Purpose of OpenStreetMap as Labels in Remote Sensing Applications

    IDEAL-VGI: Analyzing and Improving the Quality and Fitness for Purpose of OpenStreetMap as Labels in Remote Sensing Applications

    We are happy to announce that the IDEAL-VGI project by GIScience has been successfully completed. IDEAL-VGI was a tandem project in cooperation with Begüm Demir from the TU Berlin and was conducted under the umbrella of the VGIscience Second Phase Projects which ran from 2020 to 2022. VGIscience received funding as a Priority Programme by…

  • HeiGIT International Postdoctoral Fellowships for GIScience Research for Climate Action

    Dear Postdoctoral Scholars and Researchers, You are a highly motivated researcher who loves spatial data science and open geodata? You want to use your expertise for the benefit of society and the environment – in particular stimulating Climate Action or enhancing Humanitarian Aid related to Climate Resilience? You want to improve the availability and quality…

  • GeoAI4Water 2 Applies Deep Learning to Detect Critical Infrastructure for Disaster Planning

    GeoAI4Water 2 Applies Deep Learning to Detect Critical Infrastructure for Disaster Planning

    Context During natural disasters and other catastrophic events, quickly identifying and distributing resources is essential. Even a brief delay in evacuating residents or sourcing water can significantly hamper relief efforts and prevent effective disaster management. The HeiGIT and GIScience teams have been actively designing tools to assist in disaster preparation and response, from working with partners to build community resilience to activating our disaster…

  • Mapathon on February 7th

    Mapathon on February 7th

    The first Mapathon this year will be on February 7th. When: Wednesday, 07.02.2024, at 7 p.m. Where: Berliner Straße 48, Hörsaal After a short introduction into the region and subject of this mapping task, you will also get instructions how to map. The Mapathon will be a collaboration with the German Red Cross (GRC) and…

  • Analyzing the Changesets of OSM Newcomers

    A new rate limit is introduced The OpenStreetMap (OSM) API recently introduced a rate limit, which is designed to limit the impact of a particular kind of map vandalism: new users signing up and mass editing OSM data, e.g. by deleting many thousand OSM objects or removing particular tags for a large number of OSM…

  • Spotlight on HeiGIT’s FOSSGIS 2024 Presentations

    Spotlight on HeiGIT’s FOSSGIS 2024 Presentations

    We’re thrilled to share some exciting news – our colleagues Julian Psotta and Benjamin Herfort are set to deliver talks at FOSSGIS 2024 in Hamburg, Germany! Julian Psotta will be presenting the openrouteservice project together with the Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG). Their joint talk “From openrouteservice to RoutingPlus – Insights into a…

  • Advancing Climate Action: HeiGIT’s New Climate Action Team

    HeiGIT is embarking on an initiative to address one of the most critical challenges of our time — climate change. We are proud to announce the commencement of the Climate Action Readiness Initiatives funded by the Klaus-Tschira Stiftung. These initiatives aim to bridge the gap between knowledge and action by providing decision-makers, citizens, and active…

  • GeoPrompt – Revolutionizing Navigation and Beyond: HeiGIT’s Innovative Web Application Powered by ChatGPT

    Introduction In an era where technology continuously reshapes our world, the fusion of artificial intelligence and geospatial data offers exciting possibilities. HeiGIT (Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology), a pioneering research organization, has unveiled a novel web application that not only simplifies navigation but also empowers users to access a wealth of location-based data. This proof-of-concept…

  • VirtuaLearn3D: New Preprint

    VirtuaLearn3D: New Preprint

    We have published a preprint of our recent work in the VirtuaLearn3D project! Deep learning with simulated laser scanning data for 3D point cloud classification Esmorís, A.M., Weiser, H., Winiwarter, L., Cabaleiro, J.C. & Höfle, B. (2024) Laser scanning is an active remote sensing technique to acquire state-of-the-art spatial measurements in the form of 3D…

  • ‘Waterproofing Data’ Project wins ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2023

    ‘Waterproofing Data’ Project wins ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2023

    The “Waterproofing Data” project has won the ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2023 in the category “Outstanding Societal Impact” for helping to protect residents of flood-prone areas in Brazil. In 2018, Joao Porto de Albuquerque from the University of Glasgow initiated the project in which HeiGIT is also involved. The main goal of this project is…

  • OQT for Food Environments

    OQT for Food Environments

    HeiGIT and the Amsterdam University Medical Centers (UMC) partnered up to investigate food environments through the lens of OpenStreetMap (OSM) data. UMC analyses how exposure to different categories of food related retailers affects health matters. The assumption is that the distance to retailers of a certain category, as well as the number of these retailers,…

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