GIScience News Blog

  • Functionality Update for OSM Landuse Landcover

    Functionality Update for OSM Landuse Landcover

    We are pleased to announce that has received a functionality update. Thanks to the cooperation of GIScience and HeiGIT under the IDEAL-VGI project, our researchers were able to add a number of new features to the interactive map. The map displays OSM land-use and land-cover information. The two different data layers that made up […]

  • HeiGIT and GIScience Contributions to Last Year’s Conference-athon

    With a new year of papers, workshops, and publications ahead of us, the team at GISciene and HeiGIT are looking back and building on the many contributions to last year’s conferences. During the previous summer’s FOSS-Community “conference-athon” in Florence, when QGIS-Meeting, State of the Map, HOT unSummit and FOSS4G all occurred in the same short span, […]

  • Activation of the Disaster Portal for the earthquake in Türkiye/Syria

    During catastrophic events such as the recent Türkiye/Syria earthquake, the road infrastructure in the affected area is often widely interrupted and accessibility varies over time. Inspite of this, it is imperative to quickly provide assistance to the affected people. Humanitarian Organizations need real-time information for force and logistics planning: Which roads are still passable? How […]

  • HeiGIT to hold hands-on workshop about OSM data quality at FOSSGIS Berlin 15.-18.03.2023

    HeiGIT to hold hands-on workshop about OSM data quality at FOSSGIS Berlin 15.-18.03.2023

    HeiGIT will present its software “ohsome quality analyst” (OQT) at the FOSSGIS Conference in Berlin this week. In the demo session, Benjamin Herfort will show the numerous possibilities of the tool and how everyone can use OQT to evaluate completeness, level of detail, currentness and more in just a few steps. Join him on Thursday […]

  • Sketch Map Tool Launch

    We are excited to invite you to the official launch of the Sketch Map Tool! The Sketch Map Tool is an easy-to-use, open-source and free-of-charge tool which facilitates community mapping. You can use it to collect local spatial knowledge with pen and paper with an OpenStreetMap in the background. With the Sketch Map Tool, you […]

  • Cooperation between HeiGIT, the German Red Cross and the German Aerospace Center

    Welche Gebäude sind nach einem Erdbeben am schwersten beschädigt? Welche Gegenden haben keinen Zugang zu Gesundheitseinrichtungen? Wie verändert sich die Routenplanung und somit die Notfallversorgung, wenn bestimmte Straßen und Brücken nicht nutzbar sind? Das Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology gGmbH (HeiGIT) arbeitet seit einigen Jahren mit dem Deutschen Roten Kreuz (DRK) und mit dem Deutschen Zentrum für […]

  • Disaster openrouteservice to support the current response efforts to the Türkiye/Syria earthquake

    On February 6, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck southern Türkiye at 4:17 a.m. This is Türkiye’s most powerful earthquake recorded since 1939. The Government of Türkiye has since issued a Level 4 alarm, calling for international assistance. The quake also heavily impacted north-west Syria, a region where 4.1 million people depend on humanitarian assistance already […]

  • High Resolution Data Insights from OpenStreetMap Element Vectorisation

    One of the contributions showcased by the HeiGIT/GeoScience team in last year’s Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) 2022 conference in Florence (Italy) was Moritz Schott, Sven Lautenbach, Leonie Großchen, and Alexander Zipf’s novel paper “OpenStreetMap Element Vectorisation: A Tool for High Resolution Data Insights and its Usability in the Land-use and Land-cover […]

  • Data publication: Point clouds of snow-on and snow-off forest site

    A new dataset of UAV and terrestrial laser scanning point clouds of snow-on and snow-off conditions at a Black Forest site (Hundseck, 48.643°N, 8.228°E) was published open access: Winiwarter, L., Anders, K., Battuvshin, G., Menzel, L. & Höfle, B. (2023): UAV laser scanning and terrestrial laser scanning point clouds of snow-on and snow-off conditions of […]

  • Job Offer: Deep Learning Engineer (m/f/d, up to 100%)

    Are you a highly motivated individual who loves designing and developing machine learning and deep learning systems? Do you want to use your machine learning expertise for the benefit of society and the environment? Do you want to improve the availability and quality of geospatial data and further develop geoinformatics methods used for open, non-profit […]

  • GIScience Postdoc/Senior Researcher Opportunity for OpenStreetMap Road Quality Analysis

    If you’re on the job market or know someone who is, check out this exciting new opening from our partners at GIScience. The offer is included as text below. You are interested in enhancing methods for analyzing & improving OpenStreetMap data? You are an experienced Spatial Data Scientist innovating geoinformatics methods & workflows? You have […]

  • Assessing road criticality and loss of healthcare accessibility during floods: the case of Cyclone Idai, Mozambique 2019

    Featured Image: Road network analysis for the driving profiles. A Normal conditions before the flood event. B Evolution of scores after the floods induced by Cyclone Idai. The lower row shows a close-up of the area surrounding the city of Dondo The ability of disaster response, preparedness, and mitigation efforts to assess the loss of physical access to health […]

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