GIScience in China – Visits in Wuhan and Shanghai

End of March and early April Prof. Alexander Zipf from GIScience Heidelberg was invited to give some lectures at the State Key Laboratory for Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing (LIESMARS) at Wuhan University and also at the School of Surveying and Geoinformatics at Tongji University in Shanghai, China.
The presentations were about “User-generated Geographic Information Potential and Challenges for GIScience” and discussed some of the findings of the work on VGI, OSM and Social Media in the research group at Heidelberg University. They were well received and followed by some discussions and several meetings with several professors, the vice president of the university and further researchers at those highly regarded institutions in China. Further visits were made e.g. to the GeoStar Wuda Geoinformatics Co. Ltd. as well as to the Sirindhorn International Research Center for Geospatial Information Science in Wuhan.