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Here you find some impressions from the regional tournament of the First League League (FLL), that today took place for the first time at Mathematikon Heidelberg and was co-organized by NanoGiants Academy e.V. and IWR (Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing) Heidelberg University. This is part of a world wide event with over 1000 teams participating. School children had to perform several tasks related not only to programming and robotics but also to science and teamwork. This years overall topic was HydroDynamics, and both the robotics and science tasks were related to that theme. As part of IWR, Prof. Alexander Zipf of GIScience Heidelberg was among the judges and congratulates cordially all participants. Not only the winners, all teams did a terrific job and had lots of fun. Maybe you (or your children) want to join next year!?

Members of the GIScience Research Group Heidelberg and Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT) had a really great visit to the fancy “Haus der Astronomie” (Wow, the architecture mimics a spiral galaxy!), the Max Plank Institute of Astronomie and the historic Landessternwarte Königstuhl (state observatory) from 1898. An interactive trip through the galaxy and beyond was provided using a state of the art digital planetarium projection system. Later we could experience some telescopes in action. The really very interesting guided tour can be highly recommended!

Now we are all motivated for some more rocket science!

Some GIScience HD and HeiGIT team members at the “Klaus Tschira Auditorium” of the Haus der Astronomie

Die Heidelberger Geographische Gesellschaft lädt ein:

Verkehrsplanung in Heidelberg - derzeitige Konzepte und Zukunftsvisionen

Dienstag, 21. November 2017, 19:00 Uhr
Dipl.-Geogr. Sebastian Gieler (Stadt Heidelberg)

Ort der Abendvorträge

Kleiner Hörsaal (HS2) des Kirchhoff -Instituts für Physik (KIP)

Heidelberg ist in den letzten Jahren um 10.000 Einwohner und ebenso viele Arbeitsplätze gewachsen. Ein ähnlicher Zuwachs ist in der kommenden Dekade zu erwarten – in einer Stadt mit mittelalterlichem Stadtzuschnitt und einer beengten Topographie eine große Herausforderung für den Verkehrsektor. Neben der Förderung umweltfreundlicher Verkehrsmittel sind neuartige Konzepte zur effizienten Verkehrsabwicklung gefragt. Die Digitalisierung und Vernetzung bietet hier viele Möglichkeiten. Gleichzeitig birgt die Technologieentwicklung im Bereich des autonomen Fahrens Chancen und Risiken für Städte, die noch schwer abzuschätzen sind. Im Vortrag sollen diese Aufgaben näher beleuchtet und Antworten gegeben werden.



Ort: Im Neuenheimer Feld, Gebäude INF 227 (gegenüber Mensa)

Eintrittspreise

Mitglieder frei

3,50 € (StudentInnen und SchülerInnen 2,- €)

Schulklassen in Begleitung ihrer LehrerInnen frei

Weitere Informationen: HGG Vorträge WS1718

HGG

Dear Geographers and Mapping Enthusiasts,

November 12th-18th is the international OpenStreetMap GeoWeek as part of the Geography Awareness Week. Since 1987, in the third week of November all around the world different kind of projects and activities are planned to raise awareness about the significance of geography and spatial data and how we affect and are affected by it.

This year we celebrate the 30th birthday of this important tradition for geographers all around the world. In this scope, the disastermappers heidelberg / GIScience Research Group Heidelberg University wants to invite you to a special Mapathon.

When: 14.11.2017, 6 pm

Where: Hörsaal, Berliner Straße 48, Heidelberg Institute of Geography, Heidelberg University

The Missing Maps event will be organized in collaboration with the further OSM GeoWeek partners and support one of the most urgent OSM GeoWeek projects around the topic of “Civil Rights”.

The event will start with an overview of the OSM GeoWeek, afterwards we will provide a short introduction into remote mapping in OpenStreetMap before the mapping sessions begin.

We will as usual provide snacks, drinks and nice after work sound.

We are looking forward to a large crowd, no previous knowledge needed, just bring your laptop and mouse if available!


Seit einiger Zeit nutzt das Deutsche Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie (BKG) openrouteservice (ORS) mit Daten von OpenStreetMap (OSM) als eigenen Routing-Dienst, inklusive der Geocoder und Isochronen APIs von ORS. Außerdem wurde die openrouteservice API um spezielle Funktionen erweitert, die z.B. für Radrouting relevant sind. Das BKG ist die amtliche Stelle für topographische Daten, Kartographie und geodätische Referenzsysteme für die deutsche Regierung. Die Agentur arbeitet im Bundesministerium des Innern mit Fachabteilungen für Geodäsie und Geoinformation.

Das BKG bietet eine Reihe interessanter Dienste an, darunter verschiedene APIs, die auf openrouteservice (ORS) basieren und OSM - Daten verwenden. Das BKG arbeitet hierbei mit dem Heidelberg Institute für Geoinformation Technologie (HeiGIT) zusammen. Zu diesem Zweck betreibt das BKG eigene Instanzen der openrouteservice-Infrastruktur in ihrem Cloud-Center. Somit werden Geokodierung, Routenplanung und Isochronen als Dienst angeboten.

Außerdem wurden vor kurzem der ORS Routing-API eine Reihe neuer Funktionen für Radfahrer hinzugefügt:

- Continue straight

Continue straight zwingt Ihre Route, an bestimmten Wegpunkten weiter geradeaus zu fahren, auch wenn eine Kehrtwende schneller wäre. Es macht Ihre Route angenehmer.

- Bearings

Bearings filtert die Segmente des Straßennetzes, an denen ein Wegpunkt prinzipiell ansetzen kann. Sie kann als kommagetrennte Liste an die API übergeben werden. Sie besteht aus einem oder zwei Gleitkommawerten, wobei der erste Wert die Peilung und der zweite die zulässige Abweichung von der Peilung angibt. Die Peilung kann Werte zwischen 0 und 360 im Uhrzeigersinn von Nord annehmen.

- Radiuses

Mit Radiuses können Sie die Suche von nahe gelegenen Straßensegmenten zu einen vorgegebenen Wegpunkt beschränken. Die Werte werden in Metern angegeben und müssen größer als 0 sein. Der Wert -1 gibt keine Begrenzung für die Suche an.

Weitere neue API Parameter sind in Arbeit und werden in Kürze zur Verfügung gestellt.

http://openrouteservice.org
Openrouteservice API: https://go.openrouteservice.org/
Openrouteservice API documentation: https://app.swaggerhub.com/apis/OpenRouteService/ors-api/4.4

GIScience Research Group, Heidelberg University

Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT)
http://heigit.org

Crowdsourcing for Urban Geoinformatics

Aims and Scope
Modern mobile devices are pervasively equipped with embedded sensors and cameras, and allow the positioning of media contents within geographic space. In combination with the Web 2.0 paradigm, this has led to the crowdsourcing approach, which in turn has become an important data acquisition technique. It is now possible to collect large amounts of geospatial data in a timely fashion and at low costs, especially in urban areas that feature vast numbers of contributors.

Crowdsourcing thus opens up new possibilities for the disclosure of social processes, and for tackling a range of societal and environmental issues related to urban conurbations. For instance, crowdsourcing allows the integration of user-generated information into urban planning and management workflows—and is thus a crucial step towards the design of smarter and more sustainable cities.

At the same time, crowdsourcing brings new issues to the research agendas: (a) huge amounts of data need to be processed, (b) more thorough interdisciplinary collaboration is needed, and (c) we are facing a general absence of theorizing on crowdsourced geodata and underlying related processes. Further, researchers as well as practitioners are often sceptical about the suitability of crowdsourced data. This is mostly caused by potential quality issues, heterogeneous data characteristics and a lack of user credibility, semantic ambiguities, and potential positional inaccuracies, among others.

Topics

In order to foster the overcoming of the outlined gaps, we call for the submission of papers that address the analysis and application of crowdsourced geographic data, with a specific emphasis on urban research and issues.

We welcome contributions on the following topics:

  • Reviews of the state-of-the-art in using crowdsourced geographic information in urban research, planning, and management.
  • Applications and empirical case studies that investigate urban issues by using crowdsourced geographic data such as OSM, social media data, floating car data, and other types.
  • Data enrichment through crowdsourced geographic data.
  • Extraction of 3D information from crowdsourced geographic data (e.g., from Kinect data, OSM data).
  • The analysis of human behaviours for emergency (disaster) management, tourism, or urban planning and management.
  • Quality assessment for crowdsourcing geographic data.
  • Further topics are welcome if they fit the overall theme.

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts should be submitted online: here.

Submitted articles should not have been published previously, or be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. All accepted manuscripts will be published open access in GSIS.

All article publishing charges (APC) will be covered by Wuhan University, so you can enjoy the benefits of publishing open access at no cost. Authors are recommended to prepare their manuscript by following the full instructions for authors: here.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline of finalized manuscripts: November, 2017
Deadline of print-ready version: April 30, 2018
Expected inclusion in an issue: June−August, 2018

Editorial information

Submit your paper to Geo-spatial Information Science (GSIS), an open access journal by Taylor & Francis with no article publishing charge (APC)!

Special issue call for papers: Crowdsourcing for Urban Geoinformatics

Just recently the GSIS Special Issue on “VGI Analytics” has been published including our article on The OpenStreetMap folksonomy and its evolution by Mocnik, Zipf and Raifer.

Kathmandu Living Labs- a team of young entrepreneurs and out of the box thinkers that change the use and creation of data in Nepal. The team around Nama Budhathoki was launched in 2013 and emerged of a previous Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI) program. In the scope of the OpenDRI project, the team has put educational institutions, health facilities, road networks, religious sites and other geographic features of Kathmandu Valley on the map. Apart from that, they sensitized numerous students, government officials, tech organizations and communities, NGOs etc. for OSM. After registering Kathmandu Living Labs as a non-profit civic technology company in 2013, many additional projects followed, e.g. around the collection of OSM data for earthquake preparedness.

These and the previous engagements caused KLL to play a key role during and after the Nepal Earthquake 2015. KLL  took the local lead in the Nepal activation of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team and connected the government, the digital volunteers and the affected population. Above that,  KLL had a crucial role in the National Housing Reconstruction Programme that was launched in the aftermath of the earthquake. These and other projects around fostering  collaboration and communication between the local public and government show KLL´s importance for bridging the government and society gap through innovative technology in Nepal and beyond.

GIScience Research Group/HeiGIT and KLL recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their partnership and address the existing science-to-society gap. GIScience/HeiGIT and KLL share a common vision with respect to supporting the creation, analysis, visualization and effective use of OpenStreetMap data in diverse applications, e.g. disaster response, governance as well as economic and sustainable development.

While GIScience/HeiGIT carry out cutting-edge scientific work around OpenStreetMap, KLL can together with HeiGIT translate the scientific outcomes into implementation and bring data, technology and people together. The groups are hereby building on an already established collaboration that emerged over the last years. Previously GIScience/HeiGIT have been supporting KLL through mapathons and the integration of KLL into university courses. The KLL team in turn shared their experience with the university students and researchers in webinars as well as internships of Heidelberg students with KLL.

We are very looking forward to now taking this collaboration to the next level.

CALL FOR PAPERS

15th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2018)
May 20-23, 2018, Rochester, NY, USA
https://iscram2018.rit.edu/submissions

Track: Geospatial Technologies and Geographic Information Science for Crisis Management (GIS)
https://iscram2018.rit.edu/sites/rit.edu.iscram2018/files/docs/ISCRAM_2018_track_GIS.pdf

Deadline for paper submissions: December 03, 2017

Track Description

With disasters and disaster management being an “inherently spatial” problem, geospatial information and technologies have been widely employed for supporting disaster and crisis management. This includes SDSS and GIS architectures, VGI, spatial databases, spatial-temporal methods, as well as geovisual analytics technologies, which have a great potential to build risk map, estimate damaged areas, define evacuation routes, and plan resource distribution. Collaborative platforms like OSM have been also employed to support disaster management (e.g., near real-time mapping). Nevertheless, all these geospatial big data pose new challenges for not only geospatial data visualization, but also data modeling and analysis; existing technologies, methodologies, and approaches now have to deal with data shared in various formats, different velocities, and uncertainties. Furthermore, new issues have been also emerging in urban computing and smart cities for making communities more resilient against disasters. In line with this year’s conference theme, the GIS Track particularly welcomes submissions addressing aspects of geovisualization in disaster risk and crisis research. This includes SDSS, near-real-time mapping, situational awareness, VGI, spatio-temporal modeling, urban computing, and other related aspects. We seek conceptual, theoretical, technological, methodological, empirical contributions, as well as research papers employing different methodologies, e.g., design-oriented research, case studies, and action research. Solid student contributions are welcome.

Track topics are therefore focused on but not limited to the following list.

Geospatial data analytics for crisis management
Location-based services for crisis management
Location-based technologies for crisis management
Geospatial ontology for crisis management
Geospatial big data in the context of disaster and crisis management
Geospatial linked data for crisis management
Urban computing and geospatial aspects of smart cities for crisis management
Spatial Decision Support Systems for crisis management
Remote sensing for crisis management
Geospatial intelligence for crisis management
Spatial data management for crisis management
Spatial data infrastructure for crisis management
Geovisual analytics for crisis management
Spatial-temporal modeling in disaster and crisis context
Crisis mapping and geovisualization
Crowdsourcing and VGI in the context disaster and crisis management
Spatial analysis of OpenStreetMap (OSM) data for crisis management
Spatial analysis of social media messages in the context of crisis management
Interoperability aspects regarding disaster-related geodata

Important Dates

Submission of Completed Research papers (CoRe): December 3, 2017
Acceptances or otherwise of Completed Research papers (CoRe): January 7, 2018
Submission of Work in Progress (WiPe) papers, demos and posters: January 21, 2018.
Acceptances or otherwise of Work in Progress (WiPe) papers, demos and posters: February 18, 2018.
Camera Ready Paper: March 4, 2018.

iscram 2018
Paper submission guidelines

https://iscram2018.rit.edu/submissions

Track Chairs

Dr João Porto de Albuquerque (primary contact)
University of Warwick, United Kingdom
j.porto@warwick.ac.uk

Prof. Dr. Alexander Zipf
University of Heidelberg, Germany

Dr Flávio E. A. Horita
University of São Paulo, Brazil

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren

der diesjährige Fachaustausch eilt mit Siebenmeilenstiefeln auf uns zu.

Fachaustausch Geoinformation Die Netzwerkkonferenz des GeoNet.MRN e.V.

Termin: Donnerstag, den 23.11.2017, 9.30 – 16.30 Uhr
Ort: Print Media Academy, Heidelberg

Die Teilnahme ist kostenlos. Die Zahl der Teilnehmer begrenzt.
Infos und Programm: www.fachaustausch-geoinformation.de

Kommenden Donnerstag, den 09.11.17 endet die offizielle Anmeldefrist für Teilnehmer.

Zum neunten Mal treffe sich ca. 200 GIS-interessierte TeilnehmerInnen am 23.11.2017 in Heidelberg, um ihr Wissen in ausgewählten Fachgebieten zu vertiefen. Es erwarten Sie 30 spannende Beiträge zu den Themen Geoinformation, Mobilität und Infrastruktur sowie viel Raum für Diskussion und Information im beeindruckenden Ambiente der Print Media Academy. Wir freuen uns auf Sie!

Highlights des diesjährigen Fachaustauschs sind:

● Eröffnung durch Frau Ministerin Theresia Bauer, Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg ● Keynotes und Plenary ● Smart City-Plattformen ● Digitaler Straßenraum ● Nahverkehr und Fahrradmobilität ● Gebäude und Liegenschaften ● Indoor-Navigation und Intralogistik ● Ausstellerforum ● Hochwasserkompetenz Centrum (HKC) Infomobil ● mFUND Förderberatung ● Preisverleihung der European Satellite Navigation Competition Baden-Württemberg

Aus organisatorischen Gründen bitten wir um Anmeldung bis spätestens 09.11.2017 unter http://www.fachaustausch-geoinformation.de/anmeldung

Wir bedanken uns bei der Klaus-Tschira-Stiftung gGmbH, der IHK Baden-Württemberg, der Allianz Industrie 4.0 Baden-Württemberg und unseren Ausstellungspartnern:

AED Synergis GmbH | Asseco BERIT GmbH | Esri Deutschland GmbH | GEO12

GmbH | Geographisches Institut Uni Tübingen | geomer GmbH | GIScience Universität Heidelberg | Heidelberg Mobil

Geonet.MRN

Dear Mapping Enthusiasts,

November 12th-18th is the international OpenStreetMap GeoWeek. Since 1987, in the third week of November all around the world different kind of projects and activities are planned to raise awareness about the significance of geography and spatial data and how we affect and are affected by it.

This year we celebrate the 30th birthday of this important tradition for geographers all around the world. In this scope, the disastermappers heidelberg/ GIScience Research Group wants to invite you to a special Mapathon.

When: 14.11.2017, 6 pm

Where: Hörsaal, Berliner Straße 48, Heidelberg

The Missing Maps event will be organized in collaboration with the further OSM GeoWeek partners and support one of the most urgent OSM GeoWeek projects around the topic of “Civil Rights”.

The event will start with an overview of the OSM GeoWeek, afterwards we will provide a short introduction into remote mapping in OpenStreetMap before the mapping sessions begin.

We will as usual provide snacks, drinks and nice after work sound.

We are looking forward to a large crowd, no previous knowledge needed, just bring your laptop and mouse if available!

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