A large part of the “flood of data”, often referred to as Big Data, refers in one form or another to a spatial situation on Earth. Against this background, “digital geography” is investigating the social consequences of the boom in geodata: How do these geodata change what we know about the world and how we act in the world? Which geodata is produced in which way — and which data may not? Who can use this data — and who may not?
With the GeoData-Centre at the Institute of Geography of the FAU in Erlangen, since May 2017 we are establishing a database infrastructure and data for teaching and research in the fields of cultural geography, physical geography and the digital humanities and social sciences in order to give them better access to ‘Big Geospatial Data’ .
- PostGIS database architecture with geodata from OpenStreetMap
- ElasticSearch cluster with selected Twitter data
- Virtual environments for Wikimapia and Wikidata
This support of the includes the provision of the server infrastructure and (geo)data as well as technical support in dealing with architecture and data structure.
Student research assistant: Nils Oßwald