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Near realtime OpenStreetMap data and stats: OSHDB and ohsome API are now updated hourly

We have exciting ohsome news! As many of you know, past OSHDB updates happened weekly and led to a delay between the data in OpenStreetMap (OSM) and our database. Basically, you had to wait up to a week to see … Read More

ohsomeHeX with Quality indication from OQT

The HeiGIT team had a great time at the State of the Map 2022 in Florence. Many thanks to the participants for the fruitful discussions at our workshop! Despite the direct use of OSM as a map, more and more … Read More

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Open Healthcare Access Map Update and HDX

  Last year we started the Open Healthcare Access Map.  Initially, only a few countries and later on continents were featured. Today, we are pleased to announce that we are releasing a number of previously missing countries, achieving global coverage. … Read More

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Disaster openrouteservice response to Pakistan flooding

Over the past weeks, monsoon flooding in Pakistan has left over 1,000 dead and millions without homes. As reports and photos of skyrocketing food prices, residents wading through shoulder-deep water, and satellite images of flooded rivers highlight the magnitude of … Read More

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Access to safe abortion in Germany

Our team thoroughly enjoyed the newly in-person State of the Map 2022 in Florence. We attended workshops, talks, and had the opportunity to present our own poster about the accessibility of abortion clinics in Germany, which will be discussed in … Read More

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New feature addition to Ohsome Quality analysT: Building Completeness Indicator

Introduction 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 … Read More

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Gefahrenstellen.de Uses ORS for a Safer Route to School

Creating tools to map and navigate the urban (and not-so-urban) jungle has been a specialty of the HeiGIT and GIScience teams since their founding. We’ve plotted our way to the closest park through meinGrün, fostered awareness of barriers for limited-mobility … Read More

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How to become ohsome part 14 – Advanced dashboarding

Hello again and welcome back to our “How to become ohsome” series where we demonstrate how you too can become ohsome with ohsome API! If you’re new to the series or need a refresher, check out the older installments in … Read More

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GIScience and HeiGIT at SotM 2022

We are happy to announce that, this year, GIScience and HeiGIT will have four contributions to the FOSS-Community “conferencathon” in Florence. As QGIS-Meeting, State of the Map, HOT unSummit and FOSS4G are all taking place consecutively, the schedule is shaping … Read More

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UndercoverEisAgenten on the road

The UndercoverEisAgenten team is still on the road introducing their most recent results to the public and scientific community. On July 2, visitors to the Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI) at the “Long Night of Sciences” Berlin + … Read More

How to become ohsome part 13 – An ohsome way to check if OSM is up to date

At long last, welcome to another addition of our How to become ohsome-series! This one is special because we’re discussing a third-party application that uses ohsome API as back-end to accumulate historical OSM data. Although this innovation isn’t directly about our API, … Read More

Danziger Scholarship Applications Extended to Aug. 31

Do you know an African student hoping to study at the University of Heidelberg? The Robert and Christine Danziger Scholarship deadline has been extended to August 31. Up-and-coming Master’s and doctoral students from Africa, especially Ghana and West and Central … Read More

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HeiGIT at MSF Geo Week 2022

This June, MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières) GIS Week 2022 was held in person again in beautiful Prague. Nearly the entire MSF team dealing with geo-data and geospatial analysis congregated at the event, which presented a fantastic opportunity to learn more … Read More

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ohsomeHeX lite-mode: Mobile friendly ohsomeHeX

In the modern technological age, mobile application are necessary to reach out to the masses. Therefore, it’s critical for any web application to be available through mobile devices. In the case of ohsomeHeX, enabling use on mobile devices requires overcoming … Read More

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ohsome Region of the Month: hiking-related tags & mountains

Welcome back to a new installment of the ohsome Region of the Month blog series! This will be part two our posts on hiking related tags and this time, we’ll investigate the connection between user activity and said tags. To … Read More

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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