Report on the 4th PCC Meeting of CAP4Access project

On the 7th and 8th of April, our GIScience research group hosted the 4th PCC meeting of CAP4Access project in Heidelberg. The meeting was aimed to discuss the feedbacks and comments received from the reviewers of European Commission from the first evaluation meeting and various items where discussed from both theoretical and technical perspectives.

As the normal procedure of CAP4Access meetings, all members of project partners presented the work-in-progress of their packages/tasks, followed by questions and discussions on how modules developed/managed by other partners could benefit from each task. On the first day, from CAP4Access team at Heidelberg, Amin Mobasheri gave a presentation about the current state of the collective tagging service (developed by Dr. Mohamed Bakillah) and further ideas on how it would be improved in the future. Furthermore, a presentation regarding the Quality assessment of OpenStreetMap dataset was given by Amin Mobasheri and Stefan Hahmann, followed by two other technical presentations regarding the routing and navigation services enhancing OpenRouteService presented by Stefan Hahmann and Adam Rousell, respectively. A presentation about the data integration (integration of open data regarding kerbs into OSM) was also presented by colleagues from Fraunhofer IAIS.

Furthermore, on the second day, presentations about the plans for the second year of the project regarding awareness raising and user engagements in the four pilot cities including London, Heidelberg, Vienna and Elche were presented and discussed. Local representatives of the advisory board of people with disabilities gave a comprehensive introduction to “Heidelberg Hürdenlos”, which is a city guide for people with different disabilities. Linking this information with OpenStreetMap and Wheelmap is an interesting opportunity for the project.

Besides Heidelberg University, representatives from the following universities/organizations participated in the presentations and discussions: Fraunhofer IAIS, Mapping for Change, Sozialhelden, University of Valencia, Municipality of Elche, University College London and Empirica.