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Understanding spatiotemporal trip purposes of urban micro-mobility from the lens of dockless e-scooter sharing

Over the last two years, we have witnessed the ever-fast growth of micro-mobility services (e.g., e-bikes and e-scooters), which brings both challenges and innovations to the traditional urban transportation systems. For example, they provide an opportunity to better address the … Read More

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Audio Segment: The Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT) in the Campus Radio

HeiGIT aims to provide safe and easy access to geoinformation data and better orientation for humanitarian aid groups during emergency events. Traveling through a foreign city? No worries; nowadays, all standard phones are connected to satellite networks. This continuously improves … Read More

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Recent feature additions to Ohsome Quality analysT

Since the release of the ohsome quality analyst (short OQT) in February of last year, we have been working on developing an accessible yet powerful toolkit which provides end users insights on the quality of OpenStreetMap (OSM) data. An overview … Read More

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Social Media Data for better routing of open-source navigational services

Geoinformatics researchers from Heidelberg are helping to improved the usability of geocoded information through the project “SocialMedia2Traffic”. Heidelberg 23rd of May, 2022. Navigation services require up-to-date traffic information in order to determine optimal routes and calculate the travel time. Open-source … Read More

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Leveraging OpenStreetMap and Multimodal Remote Sensing Data with Joint Deep Learning for Wastewater Treatment Plants Detection

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 … Read More

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ohsome Region of the month – Back on trail

Welcome back to our Region of the Month series. If you’re hearing about this format the first time you should definitely check out some of our older blog posts, e.g. this one on the tagged forests of different places in … Read More

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Spatial Data for Society – Leading HeiGIT to the Future

Underpasses, stairs, and high curbsides are a challenge for people with impaired mobility, but these can be circumnavigated using a customized route planner for increasing mobility by calculating routes with the least amount of obstacles. This example emphasizes how geoinformation technology and … Read More

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UndercoverEisAgenten on Social Media

The project UndercoverEisAgenten aims to gather reliable and up-to-date data on the thawing of the permafrost in collaboration with citizen scientists. The project invites citizens from Germany and Canada to join researchers in collecting data on visible landscape disturbances in … Read More

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Mamapa Presentation and Discussion “Humanitarian Cartography Using OpenStreetMap”at the International Weeks Against Racism 2022

What contribution can be made to humanitarian projects by mapping in OpenStreetMap? And what opportunities are there to network with other like-minded people in the Heidelberg and Mannheim region, in other parts of Germany and also on a global scale … Read More

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Join our final “SocialMedia2Traffic” project presentation on March 22

Navigation services need time dependent information on traffic speed to generate suitable routes and yield accurate travel time estimations. However, this information is not available free of cost globally. Within the recently completed project SocialMedia2Traffic, we have developed a system … Read More

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ohsome Region of the Month – Mapping of pandemic related facilities

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. … Read More

How to become ohsome part 12 – Using length and area as a predefined filter

Hello and welcome back to part 12 of our “How to become ohsome“-blog post series! If you’re new to this series, check out other blog posts of the series as well, in order to learn how you too, can become … Read More

ohsome quality analyst (OQT) auf der FOSSGIS Konferenz am 09.03.22

Vom 9. bis zum 12. März 2022 findet die jährliche FOSSGIS Konferenz statt, die führende Konferenz für Freie und Open Source Software für Geoinformationssysteme und Open Data im deutschsprachigen Raum. HeiGIT wird dabei am 09.03. um 16:30–16:50 Bühne 2 ONLINE … Read More

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Adjunct professor title awarded to HeiGIT team member Sven Lautenbach

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 … Read More

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A basic guide to OSM data filtering

Working with OpenStreetMap data is an exciting topic that often reveals astonishing insights. The free and open nature of the project allows a plethora of analyses topics. We at HeiGIT often concentrate on global quantitative analyses and visualisations powered by … Read More

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How to become ohsome part 11 – counting contributions

Hello and welcome back to the How to become ohsome-blog series! We hope the new year started off well for you! If you’re new to the series, you should read our other posts in the series, as well as the … Read More

How to become ohsome part 10 – ohsome holiday contributions

Welcome back to our blog post series How to become ohsome, where you get short and simple explanations on how you can become ohsome yourself! This time, it’s all about our new endpoints, which enable you to track which contributions … Read More

Holiday Greetings from HeiGIT

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 wishes you and your friends and family a … Read More

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OpenRouteService for disaster management instance for the Philippines after Typhoon Rai

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 … Read More

Job Offer: “Lead: Geo Machine Learning for Good”, Senior Spatial Data Science Expert (m, f, d), 100%, permanent, 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 … Read More