Welcome to the Sensor Web, Web-based Geoprocessing, and Simulation Lab! SWSL is a competence center for geosensor networks and distributed geoprocessing at the Institute for Geoinformatics (IFGI) of the University of Münster, Germany.


About ongoing projects, research papers, new demos, and theses by SWSL members.

AirQualityEgg Workshop @ IfGI

On 14th/15th of September, we welcomed Ed Borden and Joe Saavedra from the Internet of Things platform cosm at IfGI. They conducted a workshop on the AirQualityEgg for us. We are proud that we got the first batch of AirQualityEggs! This is it:

52°North Student Innovation Prize 2012 … Deadline Extension!

The deadline for submissions for the 52°North Student Innovation Prize has been extended to November 15, 2012!

In other words, the competition is still open for students who have not yet completed a Master’s Degree or Diploma in Geoinformatics, Informatics or a related field. The prize awards an innovation which best demonstrates/describes the practical application of new technology/ideas in the field of Geoinformatics. The winning proposal will be officially announced at the beginning of 2013.

In case of any questions, please contact Ms. Ann Hitchcock (52nprize@52north.org).

The current call is here: http://52north.org/about/other-activities/current-call.

52°North Student Innovation Prize 2012

“Smart innovations for a smarter world”

The 52°North Student Innovation Prize 2012 has just been announced.

52°North Student Innovation Prize for Geoinformatics stimulates students and student entrepreneurs to generate and implement innovative ideas and concepts in the geospatial domain. The prize acknowledges and rewards creative and innovative minds while providing a take-off platform to market the award winning idea and to push the idea to market.

Find all the details in the online call for proposals.

Live Geoinformation with Standardized Geoprocessing Services @ AGILE 2012

At this year´s AGILE conference in Avignon France, we presented our recent work to improve performance and scalability of Web Services through streaming-based approaches for Live Geoinformation (see also our research agenda). The resulting implementation will be available through 52°North´s Geoprocessing Community, very soon.

Abstract. To realize live geoinformation, which is about providing information as soon as it is available, new approaches for instant geoprocessing and efficient resource utilization are required. Currently, such geoprocessing on the web is handled sequentially instead. This article describes a new approach by processing geodata streams and thereby enabling a continuous processing for improved resource utilization rates. In particular, this work applies HTTP Live Streaming for the example of standardized geoprocessing services. The approach is evaluated for processing large volume datasets of OpenStreetMap data. The presented implementation is based on Free and Open Source software.

Full reference of the article:
Foerster, T., Baranski, B., & Borsutzky, H. (2012). Live Geoinformation with Standardized Geoprocessing Services. In J. Gensel, D. Josselin, & D. Vandenbroucke (Eds.), Bridging the Geographic Information Sciences (pp. 99–118). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg. Retrieved from http://www.springerlink.com/index/10.1007/978-3-642-29063-3_6

Google Summer of Code @ 52°North

52°North has been chosen as a mentoring organization for this year’s Google Summer of Code (GSoC)!


They are now seeking for students who would like to work on a project with 52°North code between May and August. Applicants can submit their own project ideas or apply for a proposed idea, see the ideas page. The ideas list currently contains several projects who could be mentored by (former) members of SWSL, such as the Linked Open Data GeoViewer, a SOS Administrator, or On demand transformation of OpenStreetMap data.

If you are interested in writing code for software developed by the Sensor Web, Geoprocessing and other communities, please have a look at http://52north.org/gsocStudent application opens on March 26 at 19:00 UTC.

This summer, flip bits not burgers with 52°North!

Any questions? Please contact Daniel Nüst (d.nuest@52north.org), start a discussion on one of the community mailing lists, or join #52north on freenode.