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  • Call for Papers: Special Issue on Urban AI in Environment and Planning B

    Call for Papers: Special Issue on Urban AI in Environment and Planning B

    Together with collaborators from Urban Analytics Lab Singapore and CICI Lab, we are organising a special issue in Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, on the topic of Urban AI for a Sustainable Built Environment. Here is the summary of the call for papers: “Recently, Urban AI has become an emerging field…

  • HeiGIT Joins STADTRADELN: Cycling Towards a Sustainable Future

    HeiGIT Joins STADTRADELN: Cycling Towards a Sustainable Future

    The HeiGIT team is delighted to be part of the STADTRADELN initiative, a competition that has been promoting environmentally friendly mobility since 2008. For 21 days, participants try to cycle as many everyday journeys as possible and thus support a climate-friendly mode of transportation. Every year, the number of participants throughout Germany who join forces…

  • Enhancements in the QGIS Plugin for openrouteservice

    Enhancements in the QGIS Plugin for openrouteservice

    The openrouteservice (ORS) QGIS plugin continues to evolve, bringing a suite of new features, improvements, and fixes that enhance its functionality and user experience. This update incorporates significant changes that will benefit users working on diverse geospatial projects. In this post, we highlight the key updates in the latest version of the ORS QGIS plugin.…

  • The new MapSwipe Web App is here!

    The new MapSwipe Web App is here!

    No matter where you are or which device you are using, you can now do voluntary work and make a difference, all from your browser with MapSwipe Web App! Since 2015, MapSwipe has harnessed the collective force of volunteers to actively contribute to geoinformation-related projects. In science and in fields such as city and traffic…

  • HEAL Project Takes Stage at the 17th Rhine-Neckar Modelling Day at Heidelberg University

    HEAL Project Takes Stage at the 17th Rhine-Neckar Modelling Day at Heidelberg University

    The 17th Rhine-Neckar Modellierungstag (Modelling Day) at Heidelberg University will take place on June 13, focusing on the themes of optimization and sustainability. The event is organized by the Graduate School HGS MathComp in cooperation with the City of Heidelberg and with the generous support of hei_INNOVATION. This networking event brings together experts and scientists…

  • Walkability: A Key Index for Climate Action

    Walkability: A Key Index for Climate Action

    At HeiGIT, we are committed to raising awareness about the climate crisis and taking action to support stakeholders with knowledge and actionable know-how to drive the transformation of our society and built environment. In this spirit, we joined forces with PLANUM, an Austrian traffic planning office with extensive expertise in active mobility, particularly walkability. As…

  • The EU-Project “Gitterzellendatenbank”: Determining Reachability Made Easy With Openrouteservice (ORS)

    The EU-Project “Gitterzellendatenbank”: Determining Reachability Made Easy With Openrouteservice (ORS)

    Free open geodata are of increasing importance. They are used in research or case studies and can lead to important insights on social, economic or environmental topics. A problem that often occurs while working with various kinds of geodata is that they cannot be used together because of differing spatial reference units. The Federal Agency…

  • Mapping climate change with young citizen scientists at Explore Science 2024

    Mapping climate change with young citizen scientists at Explore Science 2024

    Children, young adults, and aspiring citizen scientists of all ages can join us at this year´s Explore Science in Mannheim to delve into the science behind frozen ground thawing, maps of changing landscapes and much more, with plenty of interactive experiences about climate and environment. HeiGIT is thrilled to participate in this year´s edition of…

  • Evidence for Systematic Bias in the Spatial Memory of Large Language Models

    Evidence for Systematic Bias in the Spatial Memory of Large Language Models

    Recent studies primarily view Large Language Models (LLMs) in geography as tools for linking natural language to geographic information systems. However, Roberts et al. (2023) demonstrated GPT-4’s inherent ability to perform spatial reasoning tasks without relying on external processing engines. This includes calculating the final destinations of routes based on initial locations, transport modes, directions,…

  • Advancing Vector Control Through GeoAI: Insights from Steffen Knoblauch’s talk at The Program of Scientific Computing (PROCC) at FIOCRUZ

    Advancing Vector Control Through GeoAI: Insights from Steffen Knoblauch’s talk at The Program of Scientific Computing (PROCC) at FIOCRUZ

    On May 15th, the Program of Scientific Computing (PROCC) at Fiocruz hosted Steffen Knoblauch, a GIScience Ph.D. candidate, for his presentation titled “GeoAI 4 Dengue: Harnessing Geospatial Big Data to Guide Vector Control.” This event, organized in partnership with The Global Health Network Latin America and the Caribbean (TGHN LAC), provided a platform for academic…

  • ohsome Quality API: New Features

    ohsome Quality API: New Features

    Are you ready to take your OpenStreetMap (OSM) data analysis to the next level? We’re excited to showcase the latest features of our ohsome Dashboard, designed to provide you with insights into OSM data quality. With the ohsome Dashboard, analyzing OSM data has never been easier. Whether you’re interested in evaluating mapping saturation, currentness, or…

  • HGG (Heidelberger Geographische Gesellschaft) Lecture Series in Summer Semester 2024

    HGG (Heidelberger Geographische Gesellschaft) Lecture Series in Summer Semester 2024

    Coasts are highly dynamic and multifunctional border areas between land and sea. According to the United Nations, more than a third of the world’s population lives less than 100 km from the nearest coast. They fulfill crucial functions for nature and humans and are experiencing rapid and clearly noticeable changes and threats as a result…

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