Monthly Archives: May 2017

“How to handle OpenStreetMap data” workshop

OpenStreetMap has become a huge source for any kind of geographic information. In OpenStreetMap you now find not only street information, but also information related to buildings, shops, sights and in Heidelberg even to individual trees.

Furthermore, OpenStreetMap data is open data – everyone is free to edit and to download the data to create own maps and analysis. In our workshop we want to explore this potential together with you.

When: Thursday, 18.05.2017, 6 pm
Where: PC-labs + Seminarraum, Berliner Straße 48, Heidelberg

Depending on you pre-knowledge, we plan to have different groups. Please sign up using this link until wednesday (17.05.):


  • no/ little knowledge about OpenStreetMap and GIS
  • download and visualize OSM data in ArcGIS or QGIS
  • easy queries and styling


  • some knowledge and experience with OSM data
  • select and export only specific OSM objects
  • queries related to different timestamps, users and other parameters


  • already good experience with OSM data and keen to analyse “big data”
  • store OSM data in a database
  • advanced queries for large regions containing many objects


See you soon,
your disastermappers

PS: We booked the PC-labs, however it may be worth to bring the own laptop.

GIScience/ disastermappers support for German Red Cross

Following the example of the British, American and Netherland Red Cross, who are as the GIScience Research Group Heidelberg / disastermappers all members of Missing Maps and have been collaborating with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and our research group for a couple of years, the German Red Cross (GRC) organized their first Mapathon in Berlin beginning of April. Melanie Eckle (HeiGIT/ HOT Board/ disastermappers) was invited to support the event that was held in scope of the Volunteer`s Day of DHL to introduce and provide an overview of disastermapping.


Due to the success of this event and in order to expand this initial experience and approach, Melanie Eckle and Luisa Griesbaum (HeiGIT/ disastermappers) are invited to Berlin again for the World Red Cross Day 2017 coming Monday. GRC members will have the chance to participate in the first internal GRC Mapathon and to learn more about the potential and the impact of mapping, HOT and Missing Maps, as well the work of our research group.