Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Annual review IDEAS:lab 2019

For this years last event in the iDEAS:lab, the Bundesrealgymnasium Linz took the opportunity for a visit in our science lab. The programme for the participants was designed to provide two different modules. The students became acquainted with the positioning via GPS technology and its different applications referring to navigation. Practical training was offered outside by receiving different points with GPS-Apps by the students themselves.
Furthermore the participants got to know Remote Sensing technique and its benefit in Humanitarian Aid. On this occasion the pupils could analyse a refugee camp along with its spatial expansion, the differing composition of houses and tents and the challenges which occur via an algorithm in the software. Moreover a manual analysis with respect to a tented village was given by counting and highlighting the different houses and tents in a certain area of the camp on hard copy. After that, the students were invited to try some GI-Tech including augmented sandbox and virtual reality applications. 

In summary the year 2019 can be evaluated as a substantially development for the iDEAS:lab regarding the modular teaching and training programme. Alongside numerous other visitors in the lab this year, we had pleasure to welcome 20 different school classes and more than 30 workshops from diverse fields of Geoinformatics.



Mention should also be made of the MINT:labs Outreach Event in cooperation with the Science City Itzling which took place the first time in the iDEAS:lab in May 2019, the GIS Day in November and also the visit of different steakholders and cooperating partners. 
For the upcoming year 2020, the iDEAS:lab team is looking forward to appreciate numerous guests from the university, different educational institutions, business- and public representatives for further cooperation in GI-science.

Friday, December 6, 2019

PhD on 'remaining white spots' on our maps

Laura Knoth from RSA iSPACE had focussed her doctoral studies on the interfacing of BIM (Building Information Models) and GIS, aiming at extending geospatial analysis capabilities towards the built and specifically indoor environment. Core elements of her research were developed during a semester at the University of Melbourne, contributing to one of her key doctoral publications.

As data documenting structures come in all kinds of formats, she developed a generic data model supporting the mapping of domain ontologies onto a common framework connected to standard multidimensional visualisation and analysis engines. Her results serve as an important contribution to the development of full lifecycle digital workflows for buildings and cities.

Today, on Dec 6 Laura defended her doctoral thesis with perfect grades - congratulations!

Laura Knoth with discussants Barbara Hofer (left) and Gerhard Navratil (right)
and Josef Strobl (supervisor)

Thursday, December 5, 2019

CopHub.AC and EO4Geo at the European Space Week 2019

The General Assembly of the networks Copernicus Academy and Relay was  held this year at the European Space Week 2019, 1-5 Dec 2019, in Helsinki, Finland. The Horizon 2020 project CopHub.AC - with the aim to boost and sustain the Copernicus Academy and supporting the Copernicus Support Office and DG GROW in this respect -  and the Erasmus+ Skills Alliance project EO4GEO - trying to bridge the skills gap between supply and demand of education and training in the EO*GI sector - were prominent parts of the General Assembly. CopHub.AC and the main innovation elements the project suggests to the network, was presented by Z_GIS, Stefan Lang and Barbara Riedler. 

As project coordinators they also served as representatives for the Meet the Expert sessions. A workshop was held together with University of Malaga and Evenflow discussing about strategies to sustain the Copernicus Academy. Its current activities were well represented at this unique European event by CopHub.AC partners being present, including GISIG, University of Basilicata, KU Leuven, Climate-KiC, EARSC and Spatial Services

Contact: Stefan Lang, Barbara Riedler

Thursday, November 21, 2019

iDEAS:lab visit PH Linz

On November the 20th 2019, the Pädagogische Hochschule Linz took the opportunity for a visit in the iDEAS:lab Salzburg, which is aiming to contribute to teachers education. After a general introduction in the research areas of our science lab, the prospective teachers under the leadership of Mag. Alfons Koller were invited to get in touch with different theoretical concepts in GI-Science as well as different GI-technologies dealing with Augmented Reality, Smart Mediums and 3d-printing.

On this occasion the participants got an impression how educational content in the field of Geography can be communicated today in a digital   manner. For the student teachers of Geography and Economics, the experience with the concepts and technologies mentioned above can bring added value with respect to the didactic conditioning of teaching. After 2018, the PH Linz visited the science lab for the second time. Below we have some impressions from the visit and our obligatory Free-Play session.



Tuesday, November 19, 2019

GIS Day 2019

Geographie zum Anfassen: Am 13. November luden der IFFB für Geoinformatik (Z_GIS) und der FB Geographie & Geologie zusammen mit der PLUS SoE Schulklassen dazu ein, im Sationenbetrieb die Welt der digitalen Geographie hautnah zu erleben.

Der GIS- Day ist mittlerweile ein fester Bestandteil im Eventangebot des Fachbereichs Geoinformatik und soll dazu dienen, Schülern das breit gefächerte Spektrum der Geowissenschaften zu präsentieren und eine Vorausschau über Lerninhalte und Möglichkeiten der Spezifikationen für zukünftige Studierende im Fach Geoinformatik zu erläutern.  

Die teilnehmenden Schulklassen konnten dieses Jahr in unterschiedlichsten Modulen wie dem Messen mit GPS- Systemen, der Arbeit mit Open Street Map Daten, der Geo-Analyse von Sozialen Medien oder dem Gebrauch partizipativer Geo-Apps wie CITIZENMORPH einen Einblick in verschiedene Forschungsgebiete der Geoinformatik erlangen. Hierbei konnten die Teilnehmer entsprechend ihren Kenntnissen aus dem Schulunterricht interaktiv die einzelnen Module begleiten und ergänzen. 

Als Auflockerung zwischen den einzelnen Lerneinheiten erhielten die Schüler in einer „Free Play Session“ die Gelegenheit, im interaktiven Forschungslabor (IDEAS:lab) des Fachbereichs Geoinformatik Anwendungen aus dem Bereich der GI-Technologie wie die „Augmented Sandbox“ zum Modellieren topographischer und hydrologischer Prozesse auszuprobieren.

Ebenso großem Interesse erfreute sich auch die Station „Virtual Reality“ bei der die Teilnehmer mittels einer VR-Brille und Google Earth einen virtuellen Rundflug um die Erde erleben konnten. Darüber hinaus konnten sich die Schüler im Zusammenbau von durch 3D- Druck erstellten Höhenmodelle üben, womit eine Verbindung zwischen virtueller und analoger Welt hergestellt wird.