Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Experience Geospatial Technologies at iDEAS:lab on May 12

Z_GIS' iDEAS:lab again opens its doors to the general public on May 12 from 3-8pm. Throughout the month of May (labelled "Wissensmonat Mai" by Salzburg City) education and research institutes in Salzburg offer various knowledge-related activities for children and adults.

Friday May 12, is high-tech day at Science City Itzling! We are looking forward to meeting you accompanied by friends and family in our iDEAS:lab ready to explore a range of Digital Earth technologies.

Visitors experience how geo-technologies support daily lives by:
finding the safest way for bicycle rides
preparing earth imagery for humanitarian action, etc.

The iDEAS:lab (“Integrated Digital Earth Applications and Science Lab”) serves as a multipurpose open geospatial technologies and media lab, connecting education, research, the geo-tech industry and the public.

When: Friday, May 12, 3-8 pm
Where: iDEAS:lab
Schillerstraße 30
Techno-Z Bauteil XV, ground floor
5020 Salzburg

Contact: Bernd Resch

Friday, April 28, 2017

Panorama:Uni: Stefan Lang on providing EO-based services for dynamic information needs in humanitarian action

About 100 visitors attended Prof. Stefan Lang´s talk on his work for aid organizations at the Panorama:Uni event in Salzburg on April 24.

Outlining the development within the last ten years, he looked back on the first contact between Z_GIS and  Doctors without Borders (MSF) in 2008. In 2010, Z_GIS started its cooperation with MSF, which has been mainly financed by the Karl Kahane Stiftung since 2012.
Z_GIS´ information products on population density and dynamics, water availability and environmental resources support MSF in organizing and maintaining camps for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPS). Large numbers of new arrivals can mutate small villages into city-like settlements, raising challenges in terms of resources (water, medical health) and safety.

Within the EO4HumEn+ project, Z_GIS is currently closely cooperating with a wide range of NGOs and humanitarian actors including MSF, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Austrian Red Cross, SOS Children’s Villages, and Groundwater Relief.

More information/video

Contact: Stefan Lang

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Nachwuchsförderpreis GI" to Jan Kinne for his master thesis

Jan Kinne is the winner of the 2017 „Nachwuchsförderpreis Geoinformatik” (category ‘master thesis’) which is awarded annually by the “Runder Tisch GIS” to honour outstanding research in Geoinformatics.

Ass.Prof. Bernd Resch, Z_GIS, supervised the thesis on “The Geographic Dispersal of the German Software Industry – Geospatial Analysis and Location Pattern Modeling”.

The objective of the thesis carried out at Heidelberg University was to analyse the geographic dispersal of software companies in Germany. Jan Kinne identified location determinants and developed a model predicting the local occurrence of software companies within each square kilometer of Germany. He showed that the relationship between the number of software companies and the predicting location factors can be adequately estimated.

More information

Abstract (German)

Contact: Bernd Resch

Monday, April 3, 2017

Emergency Management: New Austro-Polish Project on Cross-border Cooperation in Logistical Support after Natural Disasters

© CC: BY – Harald Weber
Cross-border emergency management are of utmost importance in the case of natural disasters. The project „Cross-border Cooperation in Logistical Support in Crisis Situations” aims to enhance collaboration and information exchange in the field of logistical support for rescue operations after natural disasters. The logistical support provides necessary services to support the affected population and to improve rescue services or preventive measures.
The project is funded by the German-Polish Science Foundation (DPWS) and carried out by researchers of University of Szczecin, Poland and University of Salzburg, Austria. The project team will evaluate the current state of the governmental cooperation in crisis situations and identify improvable procedures. The results will be presented at a conference in December 2017 at University of Szczecin and in a book published by Springer.

Contact: Bernd Resch 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Martin Loidl awarded PhD degree

Yesterday, Martin Loidl, member of the Z_GIS team, successfully defended his PhD Thesis  „Spatial Information and Bicycling Safety". In his thesis Martin investigated the potential contribution of spatial information towards a better understanding of bicycling safety and to the mitigation of bicycling safety risk. 

On the one hand spatial models are developed and conceptually described to assess the network’s quality in terms of bicycling safety level and to estimate traffic flows. On the other hand spatial and temporal analyses aim to gain insights in patterns and dynamics of bicycle crash occurrences. Finally, both approaches are used in conjunction in order to estimate the bicycle crash risk on the local scale level, while spatial implications, such as spatial heterogeneity and the modifiable areal unit problem (MAUP), are made explicit. 

Around 30 attendees listened to Martin’s impressive and challenging presentation which was followed by a fruitful discussion between Martin and the evaluators, Dr. Thomas Blaschke from Z_GIS and Dr. Andreas Koch from the Department of Geography at the University of Salzburg. Dr. Josef Strobl as the main supervisor acted as the chair. 

In addition to his work in the UNIGIS distance learning programme, Martin is currently involved into two projects. The interdisciplinary project GISMO, led by Z_GIS,  aims to support healthy mobility in the application context of corporate mobility management initiatives: .
 The target of the project FamoS is to establish a sound data basis for user-group specific traffic models and planning tools, with a focus on active mobility:
More information about Martin’s work can be found here:

We wish Martin all the best for his future career!