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Manuel Baer

Window Expeditions: Mystical landscapes and where to find them

The world is a multidimensional collage of people, perceptions and places, stitched into the fabric of time. Individual threads intertwining and splicing into senses, perceptions, associations and preferences. How we as individuals experience the world, specifically the (in)finite variety of landscapes constituting our world, not only forms attitudes and opinions, but directly influences our mental …

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Citizen Science Winter School – Of Ivory Towers and Building Bridges

Last week I attended the Citizen Science Winter School (#cswinterschool) organised by the Participatory Research Academy and the Graduate Campus of the University of Zurich. Here is me “giving my mustard” as we would say in Swiss German aka “my two cents” for the more international readers. [ TL;DR ] Photo by Oleg Laptev on …

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The story behind StarBorn

The landscapes we interact with on a daily basis influence not only our behaviour but also our physical and mental well-being [1]. For example, providing access to “green lungs” in the form of urban parks, was already considered important in the 19th century. However, landscapes are not just static arrangements of physical objects, but rather …

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Spatial-temporal analysis of the public transportation network of Zürich in R

In the fall semester 2015, I attended the lecture “advanced spatial algorithms”. As part of the assessment process we wrote a paper on the analysis of the public transportation network in the city of Zürich Abstract: Public transportation is of growing importance in Switzerland. The steady increase of commuters using this mode of transportation has …

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Graphetteer – A conceptual model for a graph driven gazetteer

In the fall semester 2015, I attended the lecture “geographic information retrieval”. I wrote a semester paper on a conceptual model for a graph driven gazetteer as part of the assessment process. Abstract: The majority of available gazetteers are stored as relational databases, providing easy access but limiting the complexity of queries. In this paper …

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