By Nicolas Lenz, Litix GmbH
The organization of the 11th meeting of the Spatial Data Analytics Expert Group included some unexpected twists. After postponing the original meeting in September, we also had to switch to an online format at short notice on the new date. Although the excitement couldn’t quite compete with a real agent movie, we were at least pleased that we could finally welcome a large number of participants.
The real excitement came from the announced contents. Dr. Joachim Steinwendner from FFHS had offered to host the meeting and had prepared a program with the topic GIS and Health. The two announced talks were titled after Bond movies.They addressed the interface between GIS and Health, once from the pharmacological point of view of and once from the perspective of geoinformatics.
PD Dr. Stefan Weiler focused on the first view. In his talk “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” he presented the role of geodata in medicine with numerous illustrations (e.g. the Corona dashboards). Joachim Steinwendner then changed the perspective in his talk “The World Is Not Enough”. He asked the audience to imagine a GIS in which the coordinate system did not map the world, but rather the human body.
The meeting ended in an informal exchange under wonder.me. Plans were made for future collaborations or at least for the next visit to the cinema.