Monday, June 10, 2019

Young Investigators Award at University of Salzburg

Geoinformatics student awarded

The 2019 University-wide Young Investigators Award (YIA) for late-stage PhD students and young PostDocs ended again with a price for a Geoinformatics PhD student. Clemens Havas was awarded the second price in the panel Natural & Life Sciences for his abstract and pitch on "Identifying Disaster-impacted Areas with Machine Learning and Geospatial Analysis using Twitter Data". 
Clemens developed a methodology to analyse live Twitter streams to fill the information gap after the outbreak of a disaster. He demonstrated the methodology for the hurricane Florence in the US and distinctly highlighted the impacted areas by the hurricane starting just one day after landfall and could produce hot spot maps almost automatically.

We congratulate Clemens and wish him well on the road to finalizing his PhD studies!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Neues Bachelorstudium "Digitalisierung-Innovation-Gesellschaft" an der Uni Salzburg

Unter Federführung des Interfakultären Fachbereichs Geoinformatik - Z_GIS beginnt mit dem Wintersemester 2019/20 ein neues, interdisziplinäres Angebot für 'digital' orientierte und interessierte StudentInnen. Mobile Apps und web-basierte Anwendungen, Datenanalyse, Kommunikation und Design von Interaktion sind zentrale Themen.

Digitale Methoden und Werkzeuge sind die Grundlage für Innovation in Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft. Unternehmen suchen dringend qualifizierte MitarbeiterInnen für ein breites Spektrum an Aufgaben im Bereich der digitalen Transformation. AbsolventInnen dieses Studiums sind qualifizierte Daten-Praktiker und Informations-Experten, sie konzipieren und generieren digitale Informationsprodukte und Entscheidungsgrundlagen. Sie tragen zu multidisziplinären (Entwicklungs-) Teams bei und bedienen Schnittstellen zu Spezialisten aus Informatik, Design, Wirtschaft und Kommunikation.

Digitalisierung verbindet heute alle Sektoren der Gesellschaft, daher tragen auch unterschiedliche Disziplinen zu diesem Curriculum bei: Grundlagen der Informatik werden mit Geoinformatik als 'Schnittstelle zwischen realer und digitaler Welt' verbunden, Mensch-Maschine Interaktion ebenso wie Kommunikations- bzw. Gesellschaftswissenschaften entwickeln kommunikative Kompetenzen, und Wirtschaftswissenschaften wie auch juridische Fächer etablieren Perspektiven und Rahmenbedingungen für innovatives Agieren.

Das Studium ist projektorientiert konzipiert und fordert Studierende von Beginn an zur Lösung problemorientierter und ganzheitlicher Aufgabenstellungen heraus. Die Verankerung am 'SciTecHub'  der Universität in Itzling bietet eine unmittelbare Anbindung an angewandte und unternehmerische Perspektiven.

Natürlich steht AbsolventInnen auch der Zugang zu weiterführenden Masterstudien offen, je nach Wahl von Schwerpunkten z.B. Data Science, Geoinformatik, Geographie und anderen technisch wie auch sozialwissenschaftlich orientierten Fächern.

Details: - BSc Digitalisierung-Innovation-Gesellschaft

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

GeoFarmer app jointly developed

The GeoFarmer app allows community workers and farmers to easily collect and share information on climate-related agricultural interventions. Development agencies can use the tool to gather effective feedback and to respond to emergent needs. Users can collect and share geospatial data on weather, farm conditions including soil and crop types, and monitor the adoption of techniques to make farms more productive and resilient to climate change.
This useful GeoFarmer app was co-developed between the International Center for tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and Z_GIS and is based on the GeoCitizen framework. It has been deployed and tested in Colombia, Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda. Two visiting researcher from Salzburg, Mona Bartling and Christian Feil, worked together with Scientists from CIAT to adapt the GeoCitizen framework for the purpose of research for agricultural development in developing countries. 

“An app like this gives farmers a voice and helps close the communication gap between people working in the development sector, researchers working on development technologies, and farmers,” said Andrew Jarvis, a co-author and director of CIAT’s Decision and Policy Analysis research area. “We’re better at understanding farmers’ needs and we’re more responsive to emerging opportunities and unanticipated challenges", states Anton Eitzinger from CIAT.

Read more on future developments in the CIAT blog; research findings published 'open access' in Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, Volume 158, March 2019, Pages 109-121.

Photo Credit: Georgina Smith / CIAT. For more information contact g dot smith [at]

Z_GIS contact: Karl Atzmanstorfer

Sunday, March 17, 2019

2019 EDC "Student of the Year" Award going to Florian Schöpflin

Congratulations to recent graduate Florian Schöpflin for winning the 2019 award!

As an ESRI Development Center, Z_GIS every year has the opportunity to nominate one top student based on his or her geospatial development competence. This year this special honour is awarded to Florian Schöpflin for work leading to his University of Salzburg "Applied Geoinformatics" MSc Thesis "Analysis of the potential of multimodal and intermodal mobility in the state of Salzburg" supervised by Dr Thomas Prinz at the RSA Studio iSPACE.

The aim of this thesis is to analyze the potential of sustainable modes of transportation in order to increase awareness of different options. Three geospatial models are developed, using commuter data (in grid format) including origin and destination as well as the number of commuters in this relation. With the help of the developed models, the theoretical shortest route of commuters is calculated using an ND derived from GIP (Graph Integration Platform), and depending on the calculated distances, suitable modes of transportation are assigned to each route. In addition, commuters exceeding a threshold distance are assigned to intermodal trips and are further used to analyze the potential of stop locations for serving as multimodal hubs. Based on these findings, a theoretical modal split for sustainable transportation modes is created. Finally, possible approaches to realize the detected mobility improvement potentials are presented.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Amity Global Academic Excellence Award for Dr. Shahnawaz

Dr. Shahnawaz has been honoured with the ‘Amity Global Academic Excellence Award’ by Amity University group, India in recognition of his dedication and contributions for enhancing geospatial education, research and practice in South&Southeast Asia and beyond over more than one and half decades. He is Director of UNIGIS S/E Asia at the Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS, University of Salzburg, Austria and has established academic partnerships for Geospatial education between Z_GIS and a number of leading universities in S/E Asia as well as implemented a range of international cooperation activities.

(Dr. Shahnawaz, Dr. Gurinder Singh, Ashok K Chauhan and Dr. Aseem Chauhan)

Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan (the founder president of Amity Universities), Prof. Gurinder Singh (Group Vice Chancellor of Amity Universities) and Dr. Aseem Chauhan (Chancellor of Amity Universities) conferred the award on Dr. Shahnawaz during the inaugural session of the INBUSH ERA WORLD SUMMIT 2019 which was organised from February 20 - 22, 2019 at Amity University campus in Noida, India.

Congratulations Dr. Shahnawaz!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

CopHub.AC - A space hub to foster innovation through the Copernicus Academy

In a 2-days Brussels visit the Salzburg CopHub.AC team had several in-depth discussions on how to best utilize the intended space hub to foster uptake and innovation and exploiting the distributed capacities within the emerging Copernicus Academy network. In dedicated sessions with the Copernicus Support Office and DG Grow, as well as with our Brussel-based project partners EARSC and Evenflow, we were looking into how membership to the Academy could benefit from a peer-to-peer evaluation system and various technical innovation means (knowledge landscape, research briefs 2.0, etc.). These measures shall be demonstrated within the project lifetime to stimulate further engagement and ensuring long-term sustainability of the Copernicus Academy.

Further info on the CopHub.AC project:

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Call Open | Q&A Webinar: Copernicus Master in Digital Earth

Copernicus Master in Digital Earth (CDE) is a two year full-time integrated Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) Programme. The current application window for outstanding students will close on March 14, 2019.
To support applicants we have scheduled an info & consultation webinar on Wed, Jan 23 from 3 – 5pm CET.

Interested candidates are welcome to explore current call details. An application handbook is guiding throughout the online application process.

EMCDE Programme Office

Friday, January 4, 2019

GeoS4S Modules launched for free and open access worldwide!

The consortium of 'GeoServices-4-Sustainability (GeoS4S)' project is pleased to launch 20 GeoS4S Modules on an ePlatform for free and open access worldwide!

GeoS4S project has been co-funded by the European Commission within ERASMUS+ programme for 3 years from 15 October 2015 to 14 October, 2018. The Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS, University of Salzburg, Austria is project coorditnaor and the GeoS4S consortium includes 9 more universities from Europe (3), China (3) and Thailand (3) as well as 3 associate partners from these regions.

The two major objectives of the GeoS4S project are to develop case study based teaching/learning resources for 20 innovative educational modules and making these available on an ePlatform for free and open access worldwide. Each of the 10 partner institutions is responsible for developing teaching/learning resources of two GeoS4S modules. The modules have been structured to meet international standards incorporating pedagogic elements to support their delivery in classroom based teaching as well as through online distance learning mode. Further attractiveness of the teaching/learning resources lies in the fact that these support self-guided learning process of students through lessons, self-assessed exercises and instructor evaluated assignments.

(Open Access to all the 20 GeoS4S Modules available on GeoS4S Moodle Cloud Platform)

This step marks completion of the activities planned within GeoS4S project and the consortium looks forward to Geospatial education community harnessing the benefits of these resources worldwide!