Monday, February 13, 2017

Uni 55-Plus: Mapping and Presenting Art in Salzburg

Participants of the lecture on “Mapping and presenting art in Salzburg”, which was held by Z_GIS representatives Sabine Hennig and Robert Vogler in the winter term, prepared ArcGIS online story maps. The lecture was part of the Uni 55-PLUS programme at the University of Salzburg. For the story maps the students used data available in OpenStreetMap (including data added to OpenStreetMap). The data was preprocessed in QGIS.

Enjoy the student´s art trail, watch out for the best photo spots in the city and visit Mirabell Palace and Gardens

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Winter school "Managing big Data, Quality and Uncertainty in GIScience"

The Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS of the University of Salzburg organized a winter school “Managing big Data, Quality and Uncertainty in GIScience”at lake St. Wolfgang at the beginning of February.

About 40 participants, mainly from the Doctoral College “GIScience” and the PhD study programme “Applied Geoinformatics”, discussed new research trends, instruments, data and analytic tools for spatial information. Renowned experts from Computer Science, Cartography and information engineering were invited to contribute and to challenge the participants, organized in working groups. The process to crystallize group findings was purposely zigzagged: facilitators induced the thematic groups with their specific aspects, particularly in regard to managing Big Data, and handling spatial data quality and uncertainty.

Keynote speakers from Salzburg, Italy, Australia and United States challenged the audience with specific aspects of data quality to be taken into account when managing big Data.

One afternoon the whole crew headed up into the mountains to ride bobsleds. This activity completed the programme perfectly and bound the group together.

One of the results of the workshop was that the transition from small data to big data requires not only more computing power or scaling up of whatever methods and tools. Rather, changes and workflows and sophisticated statistical and geostatistical methods are needed, particularly when dealing with twitter data, mobile positioning and location based services. A special flavor of the Salzburg group turned out to be the “Big earth” approach where large amounts of multi-temporal satellite data are being processed to investigate environmental processes.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

E2mC project: Integration of Social Media Analysis and Crowdsourced Information within Mapping and Early Warning Components of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service

Current methods in disaster management, which are greatly based on remote sensing technology, suffer from severe shortcomings including a temporal lag of typically 48-72 hours, or limited spatial resolution. The E2mC project aims at demonstrating the technical and operational feasibility of the integration of social media analysis and crowdsourced information within both the Mapping and Early Warning Components of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS). The project started with a kick-off meeting in Rome last week.

The project team will develop a prototype of a new EMS Service Component (Copernicus Witness), designed to exploit social media analysis and crowdsourcing capabilities to generate a new product of the EMS portfolio.
Heterogeneous social media data streams (Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) will be analysed and sparse crowdsourcing communities will be federated (crisis specific as Tomnod, HOT, SBTF and generic as Crowdcrafting, EpiCollect, etc.).

E2mC will perform demonstrations within realistic and operational scenarios designed by the users involved within the project (Civil Protection Authorities and Humanitarian Aid operators, including their volunteer teams) and by the current Copernicus EMS Operational Service Providers that are part of the E2mC Consortium. The involvement of social media and crowdsourcing communities will foster the engagement of a large number of people in supporting crisis management and increase awareness of Copernicus.

Contact: Bernd Resch 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Filip Biljecki awarded the "Young Researcher Award in GIScience"

The Austrian Academy of Sciences' (ÖAW) Commission for GIScience has awarded the “Young Researcher Award in GIScience” to Filip Biljecki, a PhD student at Delft University of Technology, for his outstanding publication achievements in the field of Geographic Information Science and Geoinformatics.

Filip specializes in his research on 3D GIS and city models. In his colloquium talk, Filip introduced current projects of his research group and gave a brief overview of his PhD thesis. He focuses on the level of detail and error propagation in 3D GIS. The research investigates how errors in the reconstruction of 3D building models affect the output of spatial analyses. An approach involving intentionally degraded procedural models was developed, and this technique was applied to estimating the solar irradiation on rooftops.

Although Filip has a deep technical background in 3D data models and representation, some scientists from different research domains of the Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS identified common research interests, which may lead to future research collaborations. It was an honor for the Department of Geoinformatics to hand over the award on behalf of the ÖAW to Filip. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Re-Viewing GIS Day 2016

Global GIS Day every year is a wonderful opportunity to invite schools to get in touch with Geoinformatics, experiencing how to bridge the real and virtual worlds. More than 200 pupils from several schools in and around Salzburg visited Z_GIS on Nov 16, working their way through 7 different modules ranging from operating robots to learning about drone aerial photography and managing a safe trip to school by bike.

University of Salzburg Rector Prof Heinrich Schmidinger
speaking at the iDEAS:lab opening during GIS Day 2016

This year's GIS Day was an even more special event due to the opening of our new iDEAS:lab, where schools in the future will have year-round opportunities to learn about spatial technologies and related applications. In addition to functioning as a 'learning lab', this facility simultaneously will serve as a 'research lab', an 'open science lab' a 'transfer lab' in collaboration with our industry partners.

Check out photographic impressions from Nov 16 @Z_GIS >