We are pleased to welcome the [http://uni-heidelberg.de/gis GIScience Research Group] at the University of Heidelberg to the GeoForAll initiative and network as an Open Source Geospatial Laboratory and Research Center.
GIScience Heidelberg is supporting free and open GI software, open GI standards (OGC), open Geo-Data (e.g. OpenStreetMap and other VGI), open access publication and GIS education in many ways.This is demonstrated already in numerous examples, such as the development and provision of free GI services and open source tools as well as the usage, improvement and advocating of open spatial data in education and through development and research as well as through the organization of related workshops and events (e.g. OSM mappathons). Further detailed information about available services, tools, publications and open data related activities and teaching can be found on http://uni-heidelberg.de/gis/
Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial Applications has now made it possible for a large number of private and government agencies and academics in both developed and developing countries to make use of geospatial software for applications in GIS, spatial database management, and remote sensing in many application domains. GIS without spatial data is not useful. Therefore we do advocate and support the availability of free and open Geographical Information from different sources, including [http://k1z.blog.uni-heidelberg.de/tag/vgi/ Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI)] such as [http://k1z.blog.uni-heidelberg.de/tag/osm/ OpenStreetMap (OSM)] in multiple ways through education and research, as well as the development of relevant tools and services.
The Lab is very active in many fields, as you can see from their website http://uni-heidelberg.de/gis . Moreover they are going to add and improve further related info (e.g. https://github.com/GIScience and further open source developments such as XNavigator etc. ), therefore be tuned.
The points of contact for the Lab are ”’Prof. Alexander Zipf”’ and ”’Prof. Bernhard Hofle”’.
We are warmly welcoming more universities to join us and expand research and teaching collaborations in Geospatial Science. Please contact our Regional chairs for more details http://www.geoforall.org/how_to_join/
Prof. Maria Brovelli and Dr. Peter Mooney
GeoForAll Europe Chairs