It’s all about mobility – my conference day at AGIT/GIForum

Today’s conference day at the AGIT/GIForum was like a home game – I attended only mobility related sessions and workshops.

I started the day with the special forum about Austria’s harmonized road graph, the so-called GIP. This is a nationwide standard for how to capture, store and manage road-related data for administrative purposes. One can question several aspects of this standard and its implementation, but the fact is, that it is a de-facto standard. This means, that factually all national research grants in the mobility domain oblige the consortia to work with this data basis.
The forum was more a user group meeting; most of the attendees were more or less part of the GIP community. But still, some really interesting aspects and figures were published in the presentations (especially Andreas Unterluggauer’s facts & figures talk contained a lot of useful and useless details!):

  • The GIP was originally not meant to be the basis for services but a referencing  system for administrative tasks. I found this aspect very interesting, because I estimate the potential for prospective services to be huge! The problem so far is the accessibility of this data treasure.
  • The “GIP” (meaning the whole environment) was and is mainly funded by research grants. Thus it is currently organized as a temporal project and needs to be transferred to a regular operation in the near future.
  • The first setup of the GIP and the connected clients costed all together 2.6 million €.
  • The operation of the platform and the service for the tools costs 0.6 million € per year. In both cases labor costs are not (!) included.
  • For an area-wide data capture of the whole road network (except the highways and primary roads, but still 80.000 km) in lower Austria, the federal government spent 1.8 million € (half of it comes from EU EFRE fundings). What you can learn here: there is quite a lot of money in it and OSM is invaluable!
  • The net length of the nationwide GIP is 285.996 km. That’s quite a huge number.

After this session I spent the rest of the morning with projects partners of our current Radlkarte 2.0 (here is the test portal internet). One nice feature of this recently launched version is, that precipitation data, in a resolution and timeliness which is normally not publicly available, are directly integrated as overlay. Check back to the portal when the weather is not that good as today. You will love the level of detail and timeliness.

In the afternoon I gave a presentation at the GIForum conference about assessing bicycle safety in multiple networks with different data models. For those who could not attend the session, here are the slides:

In the same session Gerhard Navratil from the technical university of Vienna presented the conceptual framework of Andreas Partusch’s work (I gave some details in my last blog). Anita Graser then showed very interesting results of her evaluation of different DEMs for energy estimations. And finally Lucy Mburu gave insights in her current PhD work on crime analysis in Nairobi/Kenya.

Before I enjoyed the wonderful conference dinner at the NaWi terrace, I attended a workshop organized by the Austrian Institute of Technology about the planned mobility labs. These labs are intended to be so-called “living labs” where efficient, integrated mobility solutions should be developed by multiple regional stakeholders. Although the workshop was very well prepared and the organizers are competent, still several important questions remained open. It is, for example, yet unclear how to design the funding scheme for prospective consortia; especially how to deal with public administrations is unclear.

Tomorrow will be the last conference day. And it will be a great day. At 8:30 Diana Sinton will give a keynote talk on GIS education. Afterwards Anthony Robinson from PennState University is going to share his experiences with MOOCs and will subsequently moderate a panel discussion with education experts. Those of you who don’t know what MOOCs are … come and learn from the experts! In the afternoon a open Q/A session about FOSSGIS is organized by Arnulf Christl. There, all the questions which remained unanswered so far can be asked – and hopefully answered.


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