Thursday, September 5, 2019

Z_GIS Initiates Cooperation with University of Yangon!

Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatis - Z_GIS has initiated academic cooperation with University of Yangon (UoY), Myanmar supported through a KA107 project within ERASMUS+ programme of the European Union. The project focusses on 'enhancing GI-competences' through exchange of faculty members and post-graduate students and between the two institutions. Launching the first activity, Dr. Shahnawaz (Director, UNIGIS S/E Asia) conducted a week long workshop on 'Interdisciplinary Applications of GIScience' at the Department of Geography (DGeog) at UoY from August 19th to 24th, 2019. Twenty post-graduate students and young faculty members attended the workshop and took intensive hands-on practical training for processing and analysis of optical satellite images, digital terrain analysis and advanced geospatial modelling. Keeping in mind that Myanmar faces swear floods frequently, a full day was devoted to the processing and analysis of atmospheric and climatic datasets generated through various censors aboard TERRA and AQUA satellite platforms.

(Participants celebrating completion of the workshop)

Expressing his thanks to Z_GIS, Prof. Htun Ko (Head, DGeog) stated that this is the first ever intensive GIScience workshop organised at the department and he would appreciate more such contributions of Z_GIS in future. He also recommended one professor and one PhD scholar for academic stay at Z_GIS during academic year 2019-20.

Prof. Josef Strobl (Head, Z_GIS) welcomed the gesture of Prof. Htun Ko and assured continued support for 'enhancing GI-competences' at UoY. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Successful PhD defense within the Doctoral College "GIScience"

Within her four years stay as a PhD candidate in the Doctoral College "GIscience" at the Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS, Alina Ristea impressively defended her PhD Thesis “Integration and Evaluation of Social Media in Crime Prediction Models”.
In her research, Alina investigated the relationship between crime, social media and sporting events. Her work contributes to the research on environmental crime analysis and prediction by pursuing two objectives: The first one is to uncover spatial relationships between crime occurences and nearby social media activity, whereas the second one to estimate the possible influence of social media posts on crime prediction models. The focus of her thesis was therefore on sporting events, suggesting that spatial crime patterns and people’s social posts are similar on event days and more dissimilar on non-event days.

Alina will start her Post-Doc career at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs of the Northeastern University. We wish Alina all the best on her future road of life!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

CopHub.AC - Adressing an International Audience

At the 39th EARSeL Symposium we welcomed Romana Kofler from UNOOSA / UN 2030 to our panel discussion "The future uptake of space – ready for the future?". Together with representatives from ESA and the Copernicus Academy she provided interesting insights and experiences to the future developments of Copernicus and Earth observation programs.   

A technical presentation on behalf of Austria for the Working Group on the Space2030 Agenda was given by Barbara Riedler at the 62nd session of the Committee on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space (COPUOS) in June in Vienna.  Entitled “The Copernicus Academy – space hub for knowledge exchange, innovation and outreach” the presentation raised awareness and will hopefully lead to more registration to the Copernicus Academy!

Contact: Barbara Riedler

Monday, July 29, 2019

In Retrospect: Summer School Copernicus for Digital Earth 2019, Salzburg

The Summer School Copernicus for Digital Earth “Benefit from the potential of freely available Satellite data and Copernicus services for your domain” – organized by Z_GIS, UNIGIS and

CopHub.AC brought together international students and practitioners from 11 countries. The intense program explored the potential of freely available satellite data and derived information products with a focus on the European Earth observation programme Copernicus and its various service domains. Best practice examples were shown and practical experiences shared. In combination with international key speakers, hands-on sessions and field trips participants had the opportunity to discuss with experts. Finally  the summer school participants presented their group work in form of story maps at a Special Session the EARSeL Symposium and earned a lot of positive feedback!

Contact: Stefan Lang, Barbara Riedler

Friday, July 19, 2019

THE spatial view - from GI_Forum 2019 towards 2020 ...

Dear symposia attendees,
dear colleagues and friends,
after a busy, successful and highly interactive geospatial conference week in Salzburg, I’d like to summarize a few resources and highlights helping to ‘dig deeper’ and review some of the conference results and impressions.
Papers again have been published in online proceedings under an open access license:
If you want to check in with any exhibitors, please refer to this list - 
Special thanks go to our sponsors and partners listed on,  we appreciate and recognize their assistance making AGIT and GI_Forum possible!

To catch up on the poster exhibit you will find all at
Best poster awards went to:

  1. „Visualising Vienna’s Underground - to the Core” - Kira Lappé, University of Vienna
  2. „Geovisualisierung mit immersiven virtuellen Umgebungen – eine empirische Studie zum räumlichen Präsenzerleben in VR-Applikationen“ - Robert Ahm, University of Vienna
  3. “combineOBUS: Eine Potenzialanalyse für Mobility Hubs für die Stadt Salzburg und ihre Nachbargemeinden” - Eva Missoni-Steinbacher and Philip Straßer, University of Salzburg – Z_GIS
Best student paper awards this year went to:

Traditionally, the Salzburg GI-Week serves as the platform to recognize outstanding theses, with winners of > and > given an opportunity to present their work. Congratulations to all awardees!

Every attendee had the chance to test their competitive spirit and geographical orientation in the satellite image quiz, if you missed this and want to check yourself > - no prizes to be won anymore now, though 😉

Finally, to review visual impressions from the conference week, explore and enjoy this online album >, or check your twitter feeds with hash tags #AGIT2019 and #GIForum2019.
Numerous special events of all kinds happened around AGIT/GI_Forum, just to highlight one directed at a wider public audience: a ‘ground control point’ for checking everyone’s smartphone location accuracy was inaugurated at >, > documented by BEV >,3129510&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL 

I am confident that you’ve not only had a great time in Salzburg but also had a chance to develop and update insights, knowledge and skills in our rapidly evolving domain of geospatial methods and technologies reaching across so many fields of applications. Looking forward to staying in touch, and to hearing about your ideas and suggestions for #AGIT2020, scheduled for July 8-10 and GI_Forum 2020 starting on July 7.
On behalf of everyone at Z_GIS and in particular our ‘Team AGIT’,
Josef Strobl