Impact Day: 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 … Read More

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 … Read More

Call for contributions

Excited to announce the CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS! Are you passionate about mapping with communities? Join us at the “Mapping with communities: Contemporary approaches and challenges” workshop at AGILE 2024 conference on June 04. Share your experiences, methodologies, and digital innovations … Read More

Unveiling the Sketch Map Tool 2.0: A Comprehensive Overview of New Features and Training Opportunities

The HeiGIT gGmbH (Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology) team has just released a version 2.0 of the Sketch Map Tool, a low-tech solution for participatory sketch mapping through offline data collection, digitization and georeferencing of local spatial knowledge. Thanks to continuous … Read More

‘Waterproofing Data’ Project wins ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2023

The “Waterproofing Data” project has won the ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2023 in the category “Outstanding Societal Impact” for helping to protect residents of flood-prone areas in Brazil. In 2018, Joao Porto de Albuquerque from the University of Glasgow initiated … Read More

The Year 2023 at HeiGIT

As 2023 is coming to an end, we would like to take the opportunity to look back at this eventful year and appreciate the advance that HeiGIT has made towards its goal of enabling and improving the transfer of knowledge … Read More

SketchMapTool Enters Next Phase with Funding from German Red Cross and German Federal Foreign Office

The Sketch Map Tool (SMT) is entering its next project phase thanks to support from the German Red Cross (GRC) and the German Federal Foreign Office. In this phase, our main goals are enhancing the tool’s stability and marking detection, … Read More

HeiGIT in Berlin with BMBF and AWI on the publication of the Participatory Research Strategy

On 27th June 2023, Oliver Fritz and Sabrina Marx from HeiGIT’s Geoinformation for Humanitarian Aid team joined their colleagues of the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in Potsdam for a workshop with students of the Dathe Gymnasium in Berlin, a partner … Read More

Participatory Mapping taken one step further – The new version of the Sketch Map Tool

Sketch Map Tool (SMT) – An easy-to-use way to create and digitalize paper maps for offline data collection in the field The HeiGIT (Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology) team recently launched a new version of the Sketch Map Tool – … Read More

Training on digitalization of participatory mapping in Kuala Lumpur

Last week, HeiGIT team member Anne Schauß held a workshop session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during a training of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The international training focused on community resilience and how to … Read More

Official Launch of the Sketch Map Tool

Last Wednesday we were excited to present the new version of the Sketch Map Tool in an online launch event! We thank all participants for joining and for their feedback as well as their interest in being involved in the … Read More

Sketch Map Tool Launch

We are excited to invite you to the official launch of the Sketch Map Tool! The Sketch Map Tool is an easy-to-use, open-source and free-of-charge tool which facilitates community mapping. You can use it to collect local spatial knowledge with … Read More

HGG Vortrag: Digitale Geographie im Katastrophenmanagement

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 … Read More

New paper published about the OSM Sketch Map Tool

The Sketch Map Tool supports participatory mapping approaches and risk communication. An new paper presents the different functionalities of the tool. OSM data quality can be evaluated regarding the fitness for the sketch-map-approach. Based on the great idea of Field … Read More