Public presentation on GEO-C project results in Münster

As part of a public lecture series on digitalisation at WWU Münster, Christian Kray yesterday (Nov 5, 2018) delivered a public lecture on “Participation, integration and transparency in an urban context: the benefits and pitfalls of digitalisation” (Teilhabe, Integration und Transparenz im urbanen Kontext: Digitalisierung als Chance und Gefahr).  In his lecture, he introduced the basic idea behind smart cities and gave an overview of the potential benefits and dangers that such cities hold.  He then presented the GEO-C project and some example results before focussing on location information and location privacy, the topic investigated by Mehrnaz Ataei (ESR13).  Using the lecture itself as an example scenario, he explained why location information can provide deep insights on the person who is sharing it.  Highlighting the importance of a concerted effort, he then pointed out how different stakeholders can contribute towards countering the dangers and realising the benefits of smart cities, based on the results produced by Mehrnaz Ataei.  He concluded by providing an outlook on future developments.  In the plenary question and answer session following the presentations, topics such as data protection, political implications and social scoring were discussed.

The lecture slides are available for download here and the podcast can be accessed here (both in German).

GEO-C Vision Paper on Intelligent Geovisualizations accepted for presentation at SIGSPATIAL 2018

The paper  “Intelligent Geovisualizations for Open Government Data” (Authors: Auriol Degbelo and Christian Kray) has been accepted for presentation at the upcoming ACM SIGSPATIAL Conference.

Abstract: Open government datasets (OGD) have been flooding the Web in recent years. Geovisualisations are the natural way of making sense of them, and have been gradually coming out. However, one key problem is the lack of flexibility of these visualizations, which severely limits their re-use in new scenarios. This article, therefore, proposes to increase the intelligence of existing geovisualizations by incorporating five features, to make better use of OGD: (i) automatic geographic data type recognition, (ii) generation of geovisualization designs, (iii) monitoring of users’ understanding of geographic facts, (iv) self-optimization, and (v) user activity recognition. In addition to benefiting users of OGD, realizing these features presents rich scientific challenges and opportunities for Geovisualization research, the OGD landscape (and beyond).

Reproducible Research and Industrial Property Rights Protection: A Success Experience in Indoor Positioning

You all are cordially invited to attend a lecture talk “Reproducible Research and Industrial Property Rights Protection: A Success Experience in Indoor Positioning” by Dr. Joaquín Torres, Postdoc at Geotec and Visiting Researcher at CCG.

Abstract: Reproducible resarch and Open Science are concepts that should applear in researchers CV. Donating collected datasets and experimental data boost the disemination of the projetcs and research. Providing the methods implementation as supplementary materials enables the research community to perform fair comparisons and doing important advances in the research topics. However this enters in conclict to one main objective of researchers, transferring technological and scientific findings to society. This seminar is intended to show a success case where open science and transfer have been successfully balances, following the premise of the EC “as open as possible, as closed as necessary”.


Where: Sala multiusos (UB1206SM), Espaitec2, UJI
When: July 5th and 6th 2018, from 11:00 to 14:00

Geotec organizes a Tableau course in the GEO-C context

Last Nowadays, dashboards and interactive visualizations techniques are becoming very popular. Among the different tools that we can find in the market we highlight Tableau, which is an interactive data visualization product focused on business intelligence. Thus, if you want to analyze your data geographically, it is also possible to plot data on a map in Tableau.

Thus, last 28th February, we organized a one day course tought by official Tableau instructors centered on the mapping capabilities of this leading tool. This course was partially funded by GEO-C project.



Yesterday, March 21st,  GEOTEC received Prof. Joseph Kerski from the University of Denver and ESRI Education manager.

Kerski, renowned for his passion for GIS and Geography, gave a talk titled The world in your hands: the influence of maps in the information age . Joseph presented an easygoing talk addressed to all kind of audiences, centered in the main idea about the importance of “place” and “space” in the current society. Joseph showed how Geotechnologies are embedded in different services and applications of daily use.

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“Improving Transparency through Web Maps”, paper accepted for presentation at the 4th International Smart City Workshop.

The paper Improving Transparency through Web Maps (by Auriol Degbelo and Tomi Kauppinen) has been accepted for presentation at the 4th International Smart City Workshop, co-located with the Web Conference.

Abstract: Recent years have witnessed progress of public institutions in making their datasets available online, free of charge, for re-use. This notwithstanding, there is still a long way to go to put the power of data in the hands of citizens. This article suggests that transparency in the context of open government can be increased through web maps featuring: i) Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) which support app and data usage tracking; and (ii) `transparency badges’ which inform the users about the presence/absence of extra, useful contextual information. Eight examples of web maps are introduced as proof of concept for the idea. Designing and implementing these web maps has reminded of the need of interactive guidelines to help non-experts select vocabularies, and datasets to link to. The ideas presented are relevant to making existing open data more user friendly (and ultimately more usable).


“Integrating human specificities in the development of pedestrian navigation algorithms”, a talk by Dr. Valérie Renaudin.

On February 21, we enjoyed the visit of Dr. Valérie Renaudin, from the French Research Institute on Transport (IFSTTAR), in Nantes, France. She leads the Geopositioning Laboratory (GEOLOC) and chairs the next IPIN 2018 conference. Dr. Renaudin gave a lecture titled “Integrating human specificities in the development of pedestrian navigation algorithms”. In the talk, Dr. Renaudin introduced us to current problems and solutions of position estimation using inertial sensors measurements. She also described the advances she and her laboratory members have so far achieved in this regard, stressing the high complexity involved in creating a model that covers human gait features for everybody. In addition, Dr. Renaudin presented their experiences in using the combination of digital urban data and computer vision to improve inertial sensors-based position estimations. The combination is particularly applicable for augmented reality applications, where the user interaction provides extra information that is valuable for positioning. This invited lecture is part of the GEOTEC’s activities in the context of the GEO-C project.


0The 7 th edition of the “Jornadas del Observatorio de Empleo universitario”, a workshop dedicated for the university employment observatory, took place in the Menador, a new building
in the city center shared by the University and the City Council. Carlos was invited to participate as a panellist in the panel called “Use and diffusion of data of employment insertion data: case of university graduates”. The scenery was fantastic: 3 panellists and the facilitator (right-most person below) in comfortable armchairs like talk shows that we usually watch on TV.

I tried to transmit 3 basic ideas to the audience, mostly university technicians who were expert in crafting questionnaires and analysing employment data.

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Career development session for GEO-C doctoral students: Suez Spain.

Recently (January 8th), GEOTEC hosted an industrial talk targeting our GEO-C doctoral students (link:, and all GIS enthusiasts, given by representatives of Suez Water Spain (link: Suez is a multi-national company active in 5 continents, with over 80 000 employees and 400 000 clients, who mainly – but not exclusively – perform projects related to water treatment and management. Clearly, Geographic Information technologies and techniques play a central role in the developed solutions.
Suez gave an overview of the types of projects they are involved in, along with some concrete examples. They then summarised how projects are typically developed, the different roles in projects, how GIS professionals and geospatial technologies fit within a project, and how a GIS specialist fits in the workspace in general and may develop his/her career.