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Humans rely on clean water for their health, well-being, and various socio-economic activities. During the past few years, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a constant reminder of about the importance of hygiene and sanitation for public health. The most common approach to securing clean water supplies for this purpose is via wastewater treatment. To date, [...]

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OpenStreetMap (OSM) has been intensively used to support humanitarian aid activities, especially in the Global South. Its data availability in the Global South has been greatly improved via recent humanitarian mapping campaigns. However, large rural areas are still incompletely mapped. The timely provision of map data is often essential for the work of humanitarian actors [...]

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Unterführungen, Treppen und hohe Bordsteinkanten sind für Menschen mit Gehbeeinträchtigungen eine große Herausforderung. Ein maßgeschneiderter Routenplaner kann aber ihre Mobilität erhöhen, indem er Wege mit möglichst wenigen Hindernissen berechnet. Dieses Beispiel zeigt, wie Geoinformationstechnologie und Geoinformatik speziellen Gruppen in der Gesellschaft ganz konkret helfen. HeiGIT, das Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology, entwickelt nicht nur passgenaue [...]

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At long last, welcome back to out Region of the Month-series, where we look at different regions in the world and how tags are used there. Today we would like to look at Covid 19 related OpenStreetMap tags in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. More specifically, we would like to look at test stations and vaccination centers and [...]

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Heidelberg University has awarded the title adjunct professor (außerplanmäßiger Professor) to HeiGIT member Dr. Sven Lautenbach. As a member of the faculty of chemistry and geosciences he is allowed (and obligated) to lecture and conduct examinations and has the right to supervise doctoral theses.
The award highlights the strong and successful cooperation between HeiGIT and [...]

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Job advertisement HeiGIT gGmbH
Do you want to use your machine learning expertise for the benefit of society and the environment? Do you want to improve the availability and quality of geospatial data and further develop geoinformatics methods used for open, non-profit applications in the field of sustainability, mobility and humanitarian aid? That’s our mission too!
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While 2021 hasn’t been an easy year, we still managed to accomplish a lot! Thank you for your continued support, your contributions, and your interest in our work. The team at HeiGIT and GIScience Heidelberg wishes you and your friends and family a Merry Christmas and restful holidays!
Despite the circumstances, we hope that you get [...]

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Just a couple of days ago, on December 16th, large area of the Philippines were hit by Typhoon Rai (local name Odette). The typhoon not only caused vast destruction but also hit many of the communities that already suffered most since the outbreak of COVID-19 (also see Emergency Appeal IFRC).
In order to provide [...]

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In the context of the United Nations World Data Forum 2021 organised by the United Nations Statistics Division and UN member states a series of blogposts has been published by UNSTATS. Among them is one by Alexander Zipf about improving access to healthcare facilities through geoinformation and crowdsourcing. He introduces the Open Healthcare Access Map [...]

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Einladung Vortrag Online:
Dienstag, 14. Dezember 2021, 19:15 Uhr
Melanie Eckle-Elze, Benjamin Herfort, Dr. Carolin Klonner
Digitale Geographie im Katastrophenmanagement
Klimawandel, Bevölkerungswachstum, Verstädterung und weitere zunehmende Landnutzungsveränderungen führen dazu, dass immer mehr Menschen in Risikogebieten leben. Um die vorhandenen Risiken zu verstehen und angepasste (Vorsorge-) Maßnahmen zu ergreifen, bedarf es der Zusammenführung von Expertenwissen als auch der Vor-Ort-Kenntnisse [...]

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