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GI_Forum 2013: Creating the GISociety

In accordance with the motto “Creating the GISociety”, more than 1100 participants from 45 countries attended GI_Forum and AGIT 2013 to exchange information on the latest trends in technological, analytical, societal and educational domains. This year 118 contributions were selected by the Programme Committee to be presented in oral and poster sessions. The Programme Committee chairs, Adrijana Car and Thomas Jekel, are very pleased with their quality: “The quality of papers presented this year was excellent. The reaction from the delegates and keynote speakers showed that GI_Forum has become an annual event with the goal of promoting interest in translating theory, methods and techniques into a broad range of GI application domains in science, business and education.” The AGIT EXPO offered a platform to 59 exhibiting companies to demonstrate the latest development trends in GI technologies and services. The stalls and events at and around the EXPO were intensively visited by the conference participants.

Young Researchers Events
To encourage young researchers in their scientific work, two events took place at GI_Forum this year: At the Young Researchers’ Corner young scientists met the keynote speakers in an informal atmosphere and discuss their research and received impulses for their further academic careers. The Copernicus Brown Bag Session demonstrated interested attendees the benefits and possibilities of using earth observation in a relaxed atmosphere.
Special workshop “Ecosystem and Biodiversity Monitoring (EO4Hab)
The special workshop “Ecosystem and Biodiversity Monitoring (EO4Hab) - Best practice in Europe and globally” brought together representatives from science, policy, administration and industry. More than 25 presentations and posters showcased the potential of Earth observation satellite technology in becoming a key asset for a more effective, area-wide ecosystem and biodiversity monitoring in Europe and globally. The EU-funded FP7 SPACE projects MS.MONINA and BIO_SOS (, presented their outcomes highlighting recent achievements and open challenges related to satellite-based services.

Programme 2013

Keynote Speakers 2013:

  • Sarah Elwood, University of Washington: "Creating the GI Society Amidst New Spatial Technologies: Transforming social relations, civic engagement, and education"
  • Francis Harvey, University of Minnesota: “A New Age of Discovery: The Post-GIS Era”
  • Josef Strobl, University of Salzburg: "Drehkreuz GDI – Geoinformatik Interdisziplinär"
  • Geoff Zeiss, Between The Poles: "Integrating Geospatial Information Technology Enables Vertical Industry Solutions"
  • Xavier Lopez, Oracle Corp.: "Aligning Spatial and Semantic Data to Support Big Data Analysis”
  • Carmel Mbizvo, South African National Biodiversity Institute: "Exploring, revealing, celebrating and championing biodiversity for the benefit and enjoyment of all"

TEST Robin 2017 (GI_Forum)

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Earth Observation for Humanitarian Assistance
Lang Stefan, Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS, University of Salzburg

The use of satellite imagery and GIS for humanitarian assistance: developing and managing water supply in urban territories,under conflicts
Rebois Yann, International Committee of the Red Cross - ICRC

Waterdatarocks: a free, online database to collect, preserve and share groundwater related data for the humanitarian community
Burrows Geraint, Groundwater Relief

Monitoring of refugee and IDP camps with Sentinel 2 imagery – a feasibility study
Wendt Lorenz, Department of Geoinformatics, University of Salzburg

The Interplay between the geographical based information and knowledge management systems for MSF
Ham Frederic, Médecins Sans Frontières Suisse

Remote-sensing applications to support rehabilitation of water infrastructure in Lapilang, Nepal
Riedler Barbara, University of Salzburg

Earth Observation for SOS Children’s Villages: Deployment of cutting-edge technology to support a humanitarian NGO in emergency management
Lechner Konstanze, DLR

CMaP - Collaborative Mapping Platform for humanitarian organisations
Schörghofer Richard, Spatial Services GmbH

Automatic ex-post flood assessment using long time series of optical EO images
Sudmanns Martin, Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS

Potential and limitations of radar remote sensing for humanitarian operations
Braun Andreas, Institute for Geography, University of Tübingen

Geomedia in Finnish school education
Mäki Sanna, University of Turku

Intro – Copernicus Data2Information
Lang Stefan, Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS, University of Salzburg

Copernicus: data, products, services & more
Geist Thomas, ALR - Agentur für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Vienna

Sentinel-1 Data Viewer - Ein neuer Weg zur Darstellung von Erdbeobachtungsdaten
Eder Matthias, Loxviso

Sentinel Hub - next generation platform for satellite imagery applications
Dolenc Sabina, Sinergise

The Copernicus User Uptake – Copernicus Relays and Copernicus Academy
Zeil Peter, Spatial Services GmbH, Salzburg

Urban and peri-urban forest areas in European cities – a comparative remote sensing study
Mund Jan-Peter, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde

Determinants of Social Networking Mechanisms and their Potential Effects on a Place-Based Geography – An Agent-Based Simulation Approach
Koch Andreas, University of Salzburg, Dep. of Geography and Geology

Modelling the forest fuel market focusing on wood chips: spatial agent-based approaches to simulate competition among the heating plants
Scholz Johannes, Graz University of Technology, Institute of Geodesy, RG Geoinformation

Participatory simulation for purpose games – a case study
Sonnleitner Michaela, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

ABM-update: agent-based model applications
speed talks Student,

Limits of freedom - defining a normative back-ground for Spatial Citizenship
Gryl Inga, University of Duisburg-Essen

Flying Kites, Nazi Ideology and Collaborative Mapping. Coping with rightwing-extremism in secondary education
Lehner Michael, University of Salzburg

Analysis of public security crimes at district level in an urban environment
Gerçek Deniz, Kocaeli University, Dept. of Urban Planning

Sentiment Analysis of Hospital-Related Twitter Information
Cabrera-Barona Pablo F., University of Salzburg

Mapping and analysing environmental noise using smartphones in small cities - A Hungarian case study
Pödör Andrea, Óbuda University Alba Regia Technical FAculty

Stable Hot Spot Analysis for Intra Urban Heat Islands
Bruns Julian, FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik

Memento Vienna: A case study in digital archives, geo-referenced data and Holocaust education
Schellenbacher Wolfgang, Dokumentationsarchiv des österreichischen Widerstandes

What’s spatial about right-wing discourses?
Golser Karin, University of Salzburg

Geomedia and the Space in Between. Geo-referencing, non-localisation, and Glocalisation
Gryl Inga, University of Duisburg-Essen

Automatic generation of landmark-based indoor routing instructions
Fellner Irene, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Competition or supplement? Tracing the relationship of public transport and bike-sharing in Vienna
Leth Ulrich, Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Transportation, Research Center of Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering

Network Based Point Pattern Analysis of Bicycle Accidents to Improve Cyclist Safety: Vienna Case
Hauger Georg, Vienna University of Technology

Modelling intermodal accessibility considering quality aspects of transport - a GIS-based approach for the State of Salzburg
Butzhammer Anna, iSpace

Refugees, Geomedia & Education
Aksh Sobhi, Filmmaker

Fast simulation of spatial rainfall patterns
Breinl Korbinian, Uppsala University

Abstract: Rainfall patterns have impact on droughts, floods, agriculture or public health and are thus of importance for various disciplines in earth sciences. The daily rainfall generator TripleM (Multisite Markov Model) is a reduced-complexity code for generating rainfall at multiple sites at low computational costs. TripleM has originally been developed at Z_GIS and been further improved at Uppsala University (Sweden) to allow for simulations at larger spatial scales. We will present the theory behind the model and provide hands-on exercises using the now publicly available MATLAB code. We will likewise address opportunities and challenges of stochastic rainfall modelling.

Target group/ requirements: Earth scientists or engineers that work with weather extremes and deal with floods, droughts, agriculture, public health and climate change.

Geoanalytics – A key component for innovative insurance solutions in a disruptive industry
Siebert Andreas, Munich Re

Multi-criteria approach with spatial analysis and remote sensing for public security planning
Figueiredo Ciro, Federal University of Pernambuco

A GIS based Interval Pairwise Comparison Matrices as Novel Approach for Optimizing Analytical Hierarchy Process and Multiple Criteria Weighting
Feizizadeh Bakhtiar, University of Tabriz

Geographically weighted partial correlation for spatial analysis
Percival Joseph, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University

A GPU-based Parallelization Approach to conduct Spatially-Explicit Uncertainty and Sensitivity Analysis in the Application Domain of Landscape Assessment
Erlacher Christoph, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences; University of Salzburg

OSMDeepOD — Object Detection on orthophotos with and for VGI
Das Gupta Raphael, Geometa Lab at Institute for Software, HSR

Young Researcher´s Corner with Sanna Mäki
Mäki Sanna, University of Turku

GenderAtlas @ School
Bergmeister Felix, University of Vienna

Abstract: Der genderAtlas für die Schule will forschendes Lernen und empirisches Arbeiten fördern. Er baut auf dem genderATlas Österreich auf, der verschiedene Themen zur Gleichstellung von Frauen und Männern in Form von Karten visualisiert. Für die Nutzung in Schulen und durch SchülerInnen wurden neun Beiträge so aufbereitet, dass eigenständiges Forschen angeregt und ermöglicht wird.

Locating urban heat stress vulnerability: a GIS-based spatial cluster analysis of urban heat load, the elderly and accessibility of urban green space
Mueller Christian, Bochum University of Applied Sciences

Reducing Individual Heat Stress Through Path Planning
Rußig Joachim, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Assessment of future heat stress risk in European regions: towards a better integration of socioeconomic scenarios
Rohat Guillaume, Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva & Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente

Kids love stories: new ways of saving energy
Atzl Caroline, Research Studios Austria, iSPACE

Hypotheses Generation and Innovativeness. A Videography based Analysis of Lay Hypotheses Generation
Jekel Thomas, University of Salzburg

Young Researcher´s Corner with James Steiner
Steiner James, Oracle

Critial Infrastructure Analysis (CRITIS) in underdeveloped regions – Designing an approach to analyse road network vulnerability in Chile
Braun Andreas, Institut für Regionalwissenschaft (IfR) - Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

The use of online decision support tools to communicate coastal vulnerability and promote adaptation planning
Lathrop Richard, Rutgers University

Beyond the lack of data: How to generate spatial data on displaced population with Global Positioning System (GPS) loggers
Borderon Marion, Department of Geography and Regional Research

LernplattformGW - Learning about Geomedia. A concept of lectures and an OER-platform for Initial teachers training
Strobl Josef, University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics

Fascinating Space, Fragile Earth - ISS Videos for Natural Science Education in Schools
Ortwein Annette, University of Bonn

Redressing the exclusiveness. Challenges which prevent new users to contribute to OpenStreetMap
Vogler Robert, University of Salzburg

Young Researcher´s Corner with Ed Parsons
Parsons Ed, Google

I know GIS ... should I become a data scientist?
Steiner James, Oracle

Geometric 3D characterization of moved masses in sea cliffs using point clouds
Redweik Paula, Instituto Dom Luiz , Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa

3D Electrical Resistivity Tomography in the Mondsee catchment
Taferner Damian, University of Salzburg

Mapping Population Distribution in Urban Areas: Using Sentinel-2A in Comparison with Landsat 8
Lehner Arthur, AIT-Austrian Institute of Technology

Integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into GIScience: challenges and opportunities
Hemingway Benjamin, Oklahoma State University

Web-based Citizen Involvement in Research about Pathways and Hotspots of Marine Litter in the Southern North Sea
Aden Christian, University of Oldenburg

Participatory GIS in mapping Ecosystem Services (in high biodiversity regions): two study cases from Italy and Peru
Codato Daniele, Department of Civil Environmental Architectural Engineering, University of Padova

Application of Minecraft as a Geodesign Tool for Public Participation Engagement in Urban Planning Decision Support
Elmerghany Ahmed, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences

Integrating GIS visualization through a web mapping application to enable public involvement in city planning: A case study of Portneuf River Vision Study
Wu Di, Idaho State Univeresity

Tessellating Urban Space based on street intersections & movement barriers
Graser Anita, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

Spatial Linked-(Manufacturing) Data to support Data Analysis
Schabus Stefan, Infineon Technologies Austria AG

Spatio-Temporal Interpolation of UAV Sensor Data
Strelnikova Dariia, FH Kärnten

Predictive Habitat Distribution Modeling of Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) within the Central Gulf of Alaska utilizing Passive Acoustic Monitoring
Novak Nate, Orca Maritime, Inc.

Here come the machines, the potential of machine learning for the geospatial industry
Parsons Ed, Google
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