Dynamic mapping methods oriented to risk and disaster management in the era of big data

Acronym: GIS4DIS

Project Period: 1. 4. 2017 - 31. 12. 2019

Code and investor of project: LTACH-17002/Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (Czech Republic)


Project description

The project is focused on collecting and processing data from different sources and their cartographic presentation in real time (ie. rapid mapping) for crisis management. Efficient methods will be developed for gathering, processing, integration and sharing of spatial data that can be used by entities involved in emergency situations - rescue system, state and local governments and others. These include sensor data from various types of sensor networks, volunteer geographic information (VGI), data obtained through social networking and others, which will be chosen according to their relevance to specific types of emergency situation. Our goal is a generation of cartographic representations from the data gathered that will be used as an effective tool to support the solution of crisis situation.

The project responds to the unresolved issue in the field of early warning and crisis management and builds on current trends of cartography in the era of big data. The amount of data available is constantly increasing, however such an amount of data is difficult to handle. The main benefit of the project is the development of methods for dynamic generation of maps for different regions and crisis events using methods of web cartography using appropriate rules for crisis management. The aim is to create a software environment for creating maps for crisis management in real time, which will be verified in both participating countries.

Both project partners have extensive project experience in a dynamic cartography, the sharing should bring a synergy effect. The Czech side (represented by Masaryk University) has greater experience with cartographic support of early warning and crisis management, and the Chinese side (represented by Nanjing Normal University) has many years' experience in dealing with different types of disasters and advanced technological base in the field of geoinformatics research. The Chinese partner will participate in research in theoretical aspects of the project and develop and implement software tools.

Collaboration with the Chinese partner allows access to a large amount of input data, types of crisis situations, as well as greater variability in test groups involved in the crisis management process. Ultimately, this means significant acceleration of research in this area compared with only limited input from the Czech Republic. For both parties the processing and testing within different cultural environments is also a path to greater robustness of the design of visual representations.

International seminar Cutting Edge of Dynamic Mapping for Crises Management in Big Data Era - 2018

Date: April 13 2018 - Friday

Place: Masaryk University, Faculty of Science, building 5

Kotlarska 2, 61137 Brno, Czech Republic



10.00-10.10 Greetings speech (Milan Konečný)

10.10-11.20 Czech side

10.10-10.20 Plan for 2018 (Radim Štampach)

10.20-10.40 Collecting Big Data (Jiří Kozel, Pavel Grochal, Jan Sikora, Ludvík Adamec)

10.40-11.00 Spatial Analysis of Mobile Phone Data for Crises and Emergencies: Example of the Czech Republic (Petr Kubíček)

10.10-11.10 3D Modelling and Visualization & Crisis Management & Big Open and Mobile Phone Data (Lukáš Herman)

11.10-11.30 VGI Client (Šimon Leitgeb, Petr Šilhák, Karel Staněk)

11.30-12.10 Chinese side

11.30-11.50 Geo-tagged Social Media Data Integration and Mapping Methods Oriented to Risk and Disaster Management (Kaiuye Zang)

11.50-12.10 Method of Constructing Point Generalization Method of Constructing Point Generalization Constraints (PGC) Based on Cloud Platform and a Review of Data Integration for Disaster Management (Jiemin Zhou)

12.10-12.30 Discussion

International seminar Cutting Edge of Dynamic Mapping for Crises Management in Big Data Era - 2017

Date:  October 17 - Tuesday

Place: Masaryk University, Faculty of Science, building 1

Kotlarska 2, 61137 Brno, Czech Republic



9.00-9.15 Greetings speeches (Dean of Faculty of Science)


9.15-10.10 Czech side: Concept of project solution in the Czech Republic

9.15-9.30 Konecny, Stampach: Project explanation

9.30-9.40 Stampach, Herman: State of the art of dynamic mapping

9.40-9.50 Stachon, Sasinka, Kubicek: Cognitive aspects of advanced cartographic visualizations

9.50-10.00 Stanek, Silhak, Leitgeb: Design and Processing VGI Subsystem.

10.00-10.10 Kozel, Grochal: Collecting Big Data


10.10-10.40 Coffee break


10.40-12.30 Chinese side: Concept of project solution in China

10.40-11.20 Jie Shen: Project explanation

11.20-11.40 Wei Zhou: Multi- source data construction and fast mapping for emergency services

11.40-12.00 Nan Jiang: Introduction to the Scientific Data Center of Yangtze River Delta

12.00-12.15 Jiemin Zhou: Points Generalization on Cloud Platform and its applications in disaster mapping

12.15-12.30 Kaiyue Zang: Assessing and Mapping of Road Surface Roughness based on GPS and Accelerometer Sensors on Bicycle-Mounted Smartphone


12.30-14.30 Lunch


14.30-16.00 Czech partners and data providers

14.30-15.00 Spulak, Brotanek (General Directorate of Fire and Rescue Service of the Czech Republic): Geographic information system of the Fire and Rescue Service of the Czech Republic (with some remarks to the BigData issues)

15.00-15.30 Rybansky (University of Defense): Mapping for the NATO Reference Mobility Model

15.30-16.00 Reznik (Masaryk University): Copernicus Academy Network: participation and applications at Masaryk University


16.00-16.30 Black, fruit and green tea break (or coffee one)


16.30-18.00 EU experts

16.30-17.00 Prof. Dr. Eng. Temenoujka Bandrova (University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia): Cartography and mapping in response of disaster management

17.00-17.30 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Michele Campagna (Università di Cagliari): Volunteered Geography, Social Media and Geodesign for emergency response

17.30-18.00 Prof. Dr. Ing Wolfgang Reinhardt (University of the Bundeswehr, Munich): Quality of Web Mapping Services - Models, Procedures, Examples

Masaryk UniversityMU logo

Laboratory on Geoinformatics and Cartography, Department of Geography, Faculty of Science

project coordinator: Prof. Dr. Milan Konečný, Ph.D.

team members:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Petr Kubíček, Ph.D.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tomáš Řezník, Ph.D.

Zdeněk Stachoň, Ph.D.

Karel Staněk, Ph.D.

Radim Štampach, Ph.D.

Dr. Lukáš Herman


Nanjing Normal UniversityNJN logo

Key Laboratory of Virtual Geographic Environment, School of Geography Science

project coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jie Shen



Prof. Dr. Milan Konečný, Ph.D.

+420 549 495 135


Department of Geography
Faculty of Science
Masaryk University
Kotlářská 2
61137 Brno
Czech Republic