This is where the operation and development of the Monitor of Settlement and Open Space Development (IÖR Monitor) is realized. This enables a detailed, small-scale, indicator-based assessment of land use development based on maps, tables and statistical evaluations.
The work in this project has to answer a number of research questions. How can the geobase data on which the monitor is based be automatically processed and evaluated throughout Germany? Which indicators are relevant in practice and how can they be calculated? How can the heterogeneous continuation statuses of the individual federal states be dealt with? How can the huge amount of data be visualized in a structured, small-scale and interactive way on the Internet?
The operation and expansion of the monitor includes the maintenance of the data, the calculation of new time periods, the optimization of the calculation programs, the maintenance and expansion of the databases, the development of methods of automated quality control (plausibility tests, etc.), area status conversions, the addition of new functionalities, the expansion of the website and the development of new indicators in cooperation with the other research areas, the communication with the monitor users and the coordination with external partners. In 2011, the results of the settlement structure analyses using SEMENTA® will also be incorporated.
The expansion of the IOER monitor will take place step by step. After a set of important core indicators has been made available, it will be successively supplemented by further indicators. Later, it is also planned to integrate the characteristic values of retrospective time periods.
The analysis methods developed on the basis of topographic geodata are transformable to other countries and are thus also of great importance in the context of European research programs and initiatives such as INSPIRE and GMES.