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  • 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…

  • The LOKI Project: Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment

    The LOKI Project: Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment

    In the aftermath of earthquakes, rapid and accurate assessment of infrastructure damage is crucial. The LOKI project (Airborne Observation of Critical Infrastructures), funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research and active from January 1, 2020, to March 31, 2023, aimed to tackle this challenge. Bringing together expertise from diverse research fields including earthquake…

  • Waterproofing Data – Engaging Stakeholders in Sustainable Flood Risk Governance for Urban Resilience

    Waterproofing Data – Engaging Stakeholders in Sustainable Flood Risk Governance for Urban Resilience

    Join us at Impact Day on May 15th in the foyer of the Neue Universität, organized by the Heidelberg University! The event will showcase the university’s knowledge and technology transfer, spotlighting projects across four focal areas: socially relevant, industrial, sustainable and tangible. The “Socially Relevant” island addresses pressing social issues, while the “Industrial” island highlights…

  • HeiGIT at the AGILE 2024 Conference: Mapping, Routing, Sustainability

    HeiGIT at the AGILE 2024 Conference: Mapping, Routing, Sustainability

    “Geographic Information Science for a Sustainable Future” – The theme of this year’s conference held by the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe (AGILE) in Glasgow, UK, on 4-7 June 2024. Attendees of the AGILE 2024 conference will explore the crucial role of geographic information science (GIS) in the relationships between the environment, society,…

  • German Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction: Mapping Local Knowledge with the Sketch Map Tool

    German Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction: Mapping Local Knowledge with the Sketch Map Tool

    The 2024 Fachtagung Katastrophenvorsorge (Disaster Risk Reduction Symposium) centered around the theme “On the Edge? Disaster risk reduction in uncertain times.” Held in a hybrid format on April 22 and 23 at the Tagungswerk Berlin, this conference served as a platform to address the challenges, opportunities, and current developments in disaster prevention and management amidst…

  • Mapping Progress in Real Time: Highlights from GeoNight 2024 Mapathon with HeiGIT and Mannheimer Mapathons

    Mapping Progress in Real Time: Highlights from GeoNight 2024 Mapathon with HeiGIT and Mannheimer Mapathons

    During GeoNight 2024, HeiGIT partnered with Mannheimer Mapathons to host a mapathon together. Mapathons are events where volunteers come together to map crucial features like roads, buildings or waterways on OpenStreetMap, often in response to specific needs or crises, such as post-earthquake or post-flood scenarios. We were privileged to connect with volunteers from OSM Ghana, gaining insight into…

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