Thursday, October 21, 2010

1st call for papers for Learning with Geoinformation 2011

Special focus: Implementing Digital Earth in education

The 2011 edition of the international “Learning with GI” – Conference is held in collaboration with the “digital:earth:eu” network.
A maximum of two contributions per author are welcome. Contributions should explicitly highlight the role of GI in conception, support and evaluation of learning processes or introduce thematic learning environments based on curricula and standards. Contributions without reference to learning theory will not be accepted. The conference proceedings will be published with Wichmann Publishers, Berlin, Germany.

Papers have to be submitted online by February 1st, 2011 at
Learning with Geoinformation 2011, July 4-8.

Guest lecture at the Faculty of Sciences - Department of Applied Geosciences, German University of Technology, Muscat, Oman

Adrijana Car, senior researcher at OeAW-GIScience and Z_GIS, will teach at the Faculty of Sciences - Department of Applied Geosaciences, German University of Technology, Muscat, Oman, in October and December 2010 ( ) .
The module is an introduction to GISystems, methods and tools as used in Geology ("Introduction to GIS", 2 credits).

Sparkling Science Project "I AM HERE"

Robert Vogler and Thomas Jekel from the OeAW-GIScience Institute contribute their expertise in "Spatial Citizenship" to the Sparkling Science funded project “I AM HERE. Participative approaches to analyze spatial behavior of adolescents in the city”, led by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna.
The project already started on September 01, 2010. The main goal is to collect and analyze spatial activity patterns of young people in Vienna to derive proposals for a more youth-oriented spatial planning of public space in urban development.

Further information at the project website

IAMG 2011 in Salzburg

The IAMG 2011, the annual conference of the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences will take place in Salzburg from September 5-9, 2011. The conference will be organized by Robert Marschallinger and Fritz Zobl from the OeAW-GIScience Institute.

Besides covering IAMG core topics like geostatistics, reservoir modeling, 3D modeling or geo-process simulation, the IAMG 2011 will address applied mathematical geosciences issues, with a specific reference to alpine regions: simulation and modeling in hydrogeology, engineering geology and geotechnics as well as geohazard modeling.

Moreover, as from the close association of the Salzburg based Austrian Academy of Sciences GIScience Research Institute and the University of Salzburg Centre for Geoinformatics, recent developments in GIS and remote sensing with an emphasis on object based image analysis as well as non-destructive 3D reconstruction of rock macro- and microstructures will be highlighted.

BLOG by Florian Fischer - The Point of Interest

This blog presents trends, reflections and current research findings on the everyday uses of Geographic Information. (Florian Fischer, GIScience Institute).
The geoinformation society, spatial citizenship as well as new business models and the social life of geographic information are a central theme. Particularly Local Search, Geo-social networking, Location-Based Services, Mapping Services and Augmented-Reality Gaming is on the center of observation.


Josef Strobl at the Forum Alpbach

The working group "Digital vs. real worlds - limitations of computer models?" joined together various experts on August 27, 2010 from 09:00 to 15:30. (Josef Strobl, Director: GIScience Institute and Z_GIS).

Today, digital models are key tools in research and development. Models sometimes generate a separate virtual reality, and represent the real world in a simplified way for particular purposes. This is practiced in the geo- and bio-sciences, and reaches across scales, themes and paradigms all the way to quantum physics.
Models support research into complex structures, relations and processes, but are reaching limitations as well.
Can we seamlessly bridge these virtual and real worlds, or will we end up with parallel, 'second' worlds?


The Alpbach Technology Forum as part of the European Forum Alpbach has long been a highly respected fixture in Austria's research and technology scene. Due to its international focus it has also become an indicator for new trends, setting benchmarks for technological developments.

1st call for papers for the GI_Forum 2011

This Call for Papers aims at researchers who design, develop and apply advanced methods and techniques of Geoinformatics to a broad range of application domains.

Themes & Application Fields.
GI_Forum solicits contributions on emerging topics and research outcomes related to GIScience and Technology. Advanced visualisation and cartography, geospatial data acquisition, advanced spatial analysis and knowledge extraction, distributed and mobile services, SDI, and dynamic modelling and simulation comprise by no means an exhaustive list of conference topics.

Further details and online submissions at

We are looking forward to your contribution!
Conference Chair: Josef Strobl
Programme Chair: Adrijana Car

Geoinformatics Forum Salzburg July 5-8, 2011, at the University of Salzburg, Austria.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

enerGIS'10 Staff Development Workshop in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

From from September 20 - 24, 2010 the Staff Development Workshop enerGIS financed by the Eurasia Pacific Uninet and organized by the Institute for Geographic Information Science and the Graz University of Technology, provided the participants an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) based on energy relevant issues concerning Central Asia. (Gilbert Ahamer, ÖAW-GIScience Institute; Rainer Prüller and Clemens Strauss, TU Graz).