Thomas Jekel – Adrijana Car – Josef Strobl – Gerald Griesebner (Eds.)


GI_Forum 2013, Volume 1

Creating the GISociety – Conference Proceedings


ISSN 2308-1708
Online Edition
ISBN 978-3-87907-532-4
Print Edition
ISBN 978-3-7001-7438-7
Online Edition
doi:10.1553/giscience2013
GI_Forum, Volume 1 
2013,  566 pages
Print edition is available at Wichmann-Verlag, Berlin
Open access


GIS as a technology has come a long way, from the early adoption of technical wizardry to the ubiquitous, if unconscious use by the masses. The creation of the GISociety is on its way through technological development, theoretical and empirical scientific research and inclusion of technology into education with increasing pedagogical justification. Defining new dimensions of hard- and software, brainware and orgware are all needed to further develop the GISociety.

The Geoinformatics Forum (www.gi-forum.org) held in Salzburg from July 2-5, 2013, links into these research areas. We are pleased to present work by researchers who actively contribute to the creation of the GISociety in theoretical, technical, and educational terms. This reflects that a GISociety can only be created though close interaction among the domains of science, technology and education. Topics of the 2013 proceedings therefore include:
• Advances in Geographic Information Science
and Geographic Information Technology
• Spatial Citizenship
• Education for Digital Earth
• Ecosystem and Biodiversity Monitoring: Best Practice in Europe and Globally (EO4Hab)

The book is aimed at researchers and practioners in the field geoinformation with an academic, industrial or educational background.

Work on this publication has been co-funded by the following projects and networks funded by the European commission:
LLP-Comenius multilateral project SPACIT (517908-LLP-2011-1-AT-COMENIUS-CMP)
LLP-Comenius network digital-earth.eu (510010-LLP-1-2010-1-AT -COMENIUS-CNW)
FP7-SPACE project MS.MONINA (FP7-SPA-2010-1-263479)
FP7-SPACE project BIO_SOS (FP7-SPA-2010-1-263435)

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Thema: geography
Thomas Jekel – Adrijana Car – Josef Strobl – Gerald Griesebner (Eds.)


GI_Forum 2013, Volume 1

Creating the GISociety – Conference Proceedings


ISSN 2308-1708
Online Edition
ISBN 978-3-87907-532-4
Print Edition
ISBN 978-3-7001-7438-7
Online Edition
doi:10.1553/giscience2013
GI_Forum, Volume 1 
2013,  566 pages
Print edition is available at Wichmann-Verlag, Berlin
Open access

Athanasios S. Kallimanis, Panayotis Dimopoulos, Valeria Tomaselli, Joao Honrado, Richard Lucas, Carmela Marangi, Palma Blonda
PDF Icon  Comparing Habitat Classification Schemes for Assessing Landscape Diversity ()
S.  512 - 515
doi:10.1553/giscience2013s512

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One of the core European Union environmental policies is the creation and monitoring of the Natura 2000 network of protected areas. This network has been explicitly established for the preservation of conservation priority habitat types and species. Still the concept of habitat is a key concept for ecologists that remains ill defined and is notoriously hard to quantify and measure. Several classification schemes have been put forward, but their relative strengths and weaknesses remain less well examined. In this study we analyzed 8 different Natura 2000 sites (3 Greek, 2 Italian, 2 Portuguese, 1 British). Our study sites reflect a variety of ecosystems, most of them are Mediterranean (7 of the 8) and most of them are wetlands (6 of the 8). In each site, we classified habitats according to 4 different classification schemes (Annex I of the Habitats Directive, Corine Biotopes, EUNIS and General Habitat categories). Also, we used three other widely used land cover classification schemes (namely Corine Land Cover, FAO Land Cover Classification System and IGBP DIS scheme). We found that the different schemes produced considerably different values of landscape diversity leading even to different ranking of the sites according to their diversity. Furthermore, when comparing the landscape composition among sites according to the different schemes, they led to different inferences. Our results imply that the classification scheme used for estimating habitat composition plays an important role for the monitoring of protected areas, perhaps more important than previously assumed.

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GIS as a technology has come a long way, from the early adoption of technical wizardry to the ubiquitous, if unconscious use by the masses. The creation of the GISociety is on its way through technological development, theoretical and empirical scientific research and inclusion of technology into education with increasing pedagogical justification. Defining new dimensions of hard- and software, brainware and orgware are all needed to further develop the GISociety.

The Geoinformatics Forum (www.gi-forum.org) held in Salzburg from July 2-5, 2013, links into these research areas. We are pleased to present work by researchers who actively contribute to the creation of the GISociety in theoretical, technical, and educational terms. This reflects that a GISociety can only be created though close interaction among the domains of science, technology and education. Topics of the 2013 proceedings therefore include:
• Advances in Geographic Information Science
and Geographic Information Technology
• Spatial Citizenship
• Education for Digital Earth
• Ecosystem and Biodiversity Monitoring: Best Practice in Europe and Globally (EO4Hab)

The book is aimed at researchers and practioners in the field geoinformation with an academic, industrial or educational background.

Work on this publication has been co-funded by the following projects and networks funded by the European commission:
LLP-Comenius multilateral project SPACIT (517908-LLP-2011-1-AT-COMENIUS-CMP)
LLP-Comenius network digital-earth.eu (510010-LLP-1-2010-1-AT -COMENIUS-CNW)
FP7-SPACE project MS.MONINA (FP7-SPA-2010-1-263479)
FP7-SPACE project BIO_SOS (FP7-SPA-2010-1-263435)



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Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
Austrian Academy of Sciences Press
A-1011 Wien, Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2
Tel. +43-1-515 81/DW 3402-3406, Fax +43-1-515 81/DW 3400
https://verlag.oeaw.ac.at, e-mail: verlag@oeaw.ac.at