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  • Analysis of Humanitarian OSM Stats: User activity through HOT-TM and contributing organizations

    Analysis of Humanitarian OSM Stats: User activity through HOT-TM and contributing organizations

    Introduction In this blogpost we are taking a look at humanitarian mapping through the Tasking Manager (HOT-TM) that is operated by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT). At HeiGIT we work together with HOT to provide analyses and statistics to further understand mapping activity. Explore the user and mapping stats of all Tasking Manager activites here. Check our blog posts about topics…

  • New paper on the potential of simulated laser scanning and field data to train forest biomass models

    New paper on the potential of simulated laser scanning and field data to train forest biomass models

    In great collaboration with colleagues from Karlsruhe (DE), Vienna (AT), Brno (CZ), Leipzig (DE), Raszyn (PL), and Berlin (DE), we published a paper investigating approaches to improve LiDAR-based biomass models when only limited sample plots with field data are available. The main work was carried out by PhD student Jannika Schäfer (IFGG, Karlsruhe Institute of…

  • DFG Software Grant

    DFG Software Grant

    Successful proposal: Fostering a community-driven and sustainable HELIOS++ scientific software The 3DGeo Group and the Scientific Software Center (SSC) of Heidelberg University have been successful with their proposal in the DFG call “Research Software – Quality assured and re-usable”, together with two other project proposals at Heidelberg University (see press release). The main objective of…

  • HeiGIT at State of the Map Europe 2023

    HeiGIT at State of the Map Europe 2023

    This year’s State of the Map Europe Conference (SotM EU) took place in Antwerp, Belgium. HeiGIT’s Benjamin Herfort and Jochen Stier visited the conference. SotM is a platform hosting OSM mappers, open-source developers, researchers, GIS professionals, cartographs and many more interested people. The goal is to offer an opportunity for those groups and individuals to…

  • Open Source Routing and Optimization at the Global Health Supply Chain Summit 2023

    Open Source Routing and Optimization at the Global Health Supply Chain Summit 2023

    HeiGIT Product Manager for Smart Mobility Julian Psotta attended this year’s Global Health Supply Chain Summit in Nairobi, Kenya. The main goal of the GHSCS 2023 was to learn and share experiences from people directly working on issues related to this year’s theme: “Sustainable and Resilient Supply Chains for Equitable Access to Healthcare”. From November…

  • Vortragsreihe der Heidelberger Geographischen Gesellschaft

    Ob bei Shakespeare, Dick oder Scholl-Latour: Schockierende Ereignisse und Entwicklungen wirken sich stets auch räumlich aus. Für das Wintersemester 2023/2024 hat die Heidelberger Geographische Gesellschaft (HGG) führende Vertreter:innen gewonnen, die zu drängenden Gegenwartsfragen forschen und im Anschluss an ihre Vorträge gerne mit dem Publikum diskutieren. Aus globaler und/oder regionaler Sicht wird zu folgenden Themen referiert:…

  • GeoSocial 2023

    On the 13th of November, the 1st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Geocomputational Analysis of Socio-Economic Data (GeoSocial 2023 in short) took place in Hamburg, Germany. Organized in part by Prof. Dr. Alexander Zipf, the CEO of HeiGIT and the Chair of GIScience at Heidelberg University, the workshop was dedicated to bridging the gap between…

  • GIS Colloquium with Sebastián Block Munguía

    GIS Colloquium with Sebastián Block Munguía

    Dear colleagues and students, We would like to invite you to our upcoming GIS colloquium. We are very pleased to host guest speaker Sebastián Block Munguía from the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (Yale University), who will give a talk on “Spatial datasets to assess countries’ environmental performance”. He will tell a short…

  • HeiGIT participates at this year’s Geography Awareness Week

    HeiGIT participates at this year’s Geography Awareness Week

    In the upcoming week, 13th – 17th November, the annual Geography Awareness Week will take place. The theme week, organized by the National Geographic Society, aims to show the importance of geography in many areas of everyday life and the opportunities this discipline offers to tackle key challenges such as climate change. HeiGIT organizes and participates in…

  • Exploring the Value of Microsoft ML Roads for OSM Data Quality Analysis

    The completeness of the OpenStreetMap (OSM) road network has been an ongoing focus for researchers for more than 15 years. For instance, Neis et al. (2011) investigated the OSM street network evolution in Germany and compared it against road data from TomTom. Whereas obtaining reference data has been rather difficult in the past, nowadays we…

  • A Successful Mapathon

    A Successful Mapathon

    We hosted a Mapathon on Thursday, the 26th of October, which saw the participation of students and researchers alike. We started mapping after a short introduction talk by Isabell Klipper on the usage of such data for example for the Sketch Map Tool. Around 30 participants collectively mapped about 4.000 buildings in Herat, Afghanistan, providing…

  • HeiGIT bei den XP Days Germany 2023

    Am 5. und 6. Oktober 2023 hat in Frankfurt am Main die XP Days Germany 2023 stattgefunden, eine offene Konferenz für Agile Softwareentwicklung und Extreme Programming mit Fokus auf Softwareentwicklungsthemen. Während der Konferenz konnten Teilnehmende in Vorträgen, Workshops und Diskussionsrunden ihr Wissen über Softwareentwicklung erweitern. Da zur Softwareentwicklung auch das Teambuilding dazugehört, haben Johannes Link…

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