The “Ruperto Carola” research magazine reports on scientific findings and current research projects at Heidelberg University. The current issue “North & South” refers to the „International Year of Global Understanding“ and features among others a short overview article on some of the work that is done at the GIScience Research Group Heidelberg with respect to disaster management and user generated geographic information in this context. Just very recently we further supported realizing and evaluating the MissingMaps App “MapSwipe.org“.
The short overview article (pdf) is written in both German and English. Supporting humanitarian activities by developing up-to-date disaster maps and providing innovative GI services during catastrophes and for mitigating risk is also one of the core themes of the project to establish the “Heidelberg Institute for Geographic Information Technology” (HeiGIT) which is core funded by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung Heidelberg.