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Thursday, 16 June 2011 01:41

Geoinformatik 2011, Münster, Germany

Written by  German Carrillo
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This year I have the opportunity to attend the Geoinformatik conference in Münster, Germany. Even though this is just the first day (still two days to come), I think there is enough material to share.



It is the first time I attend a conference in a different language (my mother tongue is Spanish). The conference mixes pure (mostly in German) and applied research (mostly in English).



Geoinformatik 2011


Many things to share, so, let's start:


  • The keynote talk was given by Harvey Miller from the University of Utah. Miller is an expert in transportation. He was focused on the concept of mirror worlds (inspired by this book) to ask what the appropriate mixture among transportation, GIScience and computers should be. According to him, a web of integrated transport services should be user-friendly and act on-demand. The word 'integrated' includes public and private transport, such as in the case you are going home driving your car and want to let people know that to offer them a sit, if they plan to take the same route.

  • Then, I met Michael Martin, a Canadian guy who has been working in teaching people in Ethiopia and other countries on how to take advantage of GIS by becoming neo-geographers, needless to say, with free and open source software for geomatics. His project is called Mapping Across Borders, he will present it at the Third Open Source GIS conference in Nottingham. Michael also showed me what will be soon a new QGIS plug-in, an embedded video player to follow QGIS video-tutorials easily (without having to deal with multiple windows for a simple task). Nice!

  • Afterwards, I met a relatively new database management system: DB4GeO. It is FOSS (see the project at GitHub), based on db4o, written in Java, supports 3D geometries, is object-oriented (not relational), uses R-tree spatial access and has a REST interface to allow web interaction. More info.

  • During the break I met Tobias Kohr (Er ist sehr nett), he was awarded this year's 52° North Innovation Prize due to his work: "Development of a service based Geoportal enabling the Mapping of Whale Watching". He was working in Panama.

  • Then, Klaus Drerup presented "Track-based OSM print maps", an approach to better and tile-based printed maps for hikers. Basically based on your GPX track you get a set of tiles (pages) corresponding to segments of the route. The algorithm ensures tiles cover all the track and each pair of tiles have a predefined overlap. Click here to access the service, you need a GPX-track with a single multi-line.

  • Next, the project OpenFloorMap was explained. It aims to provide an architecture for extending OpenStreetMap data with floor maps based on the idea that buildings are not just points or polygons, as they are currently represented. One of the main use cases is indoor navigation.

  • Finally, Sahib Jan showed an integration of qualitative spatial reasoning into GIS, specifically SparQ reasoner into OpenJump. Even though there is no official release so far, you can download an early version of the plug-in from here.


The Geoinformatik 2011 proceedings are already published as PDF, click here to download them.



The castle, where Geoinformatik 2011 is taking place



I hope you find this post useful, I missed a barbecue to work on it! If not, next time I'll go to the barbecue :)





I have put the link to the track-based OSM print map service.



Last modified on Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:55


0 # FelicitacionesFader 2011-06-17 16:36
German, Excelente resumen. Debe ser demasiado grato estar al lado de semejantes investigadores, que bacano y lo felicito. Lo del asado se lo quedaremos debiendo.
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0 # Re:tuxman 2011-06-18 06:26
Gracias por el mensaje Fader. Anoto aquí­ lo del asado... :-)

Por cierto, siempre que pueda iré poniendo materiales de por acá en las secciones de GeoTux, por si depronto les interesa.

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0 # Graciaslodurr 2011-06-20 21:41
Tuxman, muchas gracias por compartir con nosotros estos adelantos y esta conferencia los cuales nos dan ideas para seguir trabajando fuertemente en aprender cada dí­a mas de la Geomática. Espero todo este muy bien.
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0 # Re:tuxman 2011-06-21 06:14
Hi lodurr,

seguro! Siempre que pueda pase por acá, espero que cada vez encuentre más material.

Gracias por el mensaje.

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0 # elias f. 2011-06-28 19:25
That's great!

Then i didn't miss a thing thanks to your explanation. ;-)
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0 # Hola!Yomismo 2011-12-21 13:23
Saludos desde España!

muy buen sitio.

Daniel (Münster) xD
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0 # Re:tuxman 2011-12-21 15:33
Hola Daniel,

Gracias y bienvenido!
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0 # Buend datoJHONATAN CANO 2012-03-31 17:47
Hola germán, excelente noticias... me alegra que estes F5.
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0 # Re:tuxman 2012-03-31 19:20
Saludos Jhonatan, esa es la idea, que todos los usuarios estemos F5 :lol: (no conocía la expresión por cierto).

Recuerda que tienes las puertas abiertas cuando quieras seguir contribuyendo.

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