Henk Scholten

Henk Scholten
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam | VU · Spatial Information laboratory (Spinlab)

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January 1990 - present
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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  • Chair: Spatial Informatics
January 1990 - present
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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  • Professor
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Publications (156)
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The transition to sustainable energy in a neighbourhood is not a trivial process and current efforts attempt to garner support and engagement from local stakeholders through public participation processes. This paper presents a game-based decision support system specifically designed to include a relevant (yet often overlooked) group of stakeholder...
Technical Report
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The JRC's Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) was created in 2016 to help improve and bridge the interface between science and policy in order to enhance the JRC's capacity to better inform and influence the regulatory frameworks needed to address the new and emerging societal challenges confronting the EU and our societies as a whole. By creating t...
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In this chapter, we try to assess the affordances of digital game-based learning (DGBL) for teaching sustainable spatial planning in high school geography education. In particular, it is our aim to study the mitigating influence of the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) game Minecraft on children’s negative emotional engagement with a project-based as...
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In recent years, there has been a growing interest from the digital humanities in knowledge graphs as data modelling paradigm. Already, this has led to the creation of many such knowledge graphs, many of which are now available as part of the Linked Open Data cloud. This presents new opportunities for data mining. In this work, we develop, implemen...
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This module on Incident- & Crisis Management (ICM) is based on extensive experience in using the methods and technology provided by GIS to manage ‘real world’ Incident- and Crisis management situations. This has led to the understanding that applying the frameworks for GeoDesign and the Safety Chain clearly provide a solid base for application in s...
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Geodesign is a framework that brings together design professionals, information technologies, geographical sciences and people of the place to address local problems through spatial planning. By involving people from all different disciplines, different levels of knowledge and familiarity with geospatial data or design tools are a reality that need...
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Implementation of clean energy initiatives at the neighbourhood level by local stakeholders is necessary to reach internationally agreed climate goals. The present paper aims to design a novel decision support system in order to facilitate clean neighbourhood energy planning with the involvement of multiple stakeholders, initiated by a local author...
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Smart cities constitute urban environments where cities’ potential, ICTs and human capital are intelligently interconnected under the framework of sustainable development. Citizens form city’s identity while ICTs support the smart management of citizens’ needs and problems. ‘Smart people’ is among the main dimensions of a smart city, something that...
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Wind turbine site planning is a multidisciplinary task comprising of several stakeholder groups from different domains and with different priorities. An information system capable of integrating the knowledge on the multiple aspects of a wind turbine plays a crucial role on providing a common picture to the involved groups. In this study, we have d...
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In this study, we propose an interactive information system for wind turbine siting, considering its visual and sound externalities. This system is an integration of game engine, GIS and analytical sound propagation model in a unified 3D web environment. The game engine–GIS integration provides a 3D virtual environment where users can navigate thro...
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Nowadays, an increasing number of applications are utilizing 3D city models for their purposes, as they reveal high information potential. In particular, the virtual 3D city models intend to provide the stakeholders with dynamic 3D renderings of the flood risk components and their relations, facilitating the development of shared awareness regardin...
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p> Purpose: In this paper we present Geocraft, a Geo-ICT framework meant to provide the information needed to support the development of smart cities in an accessible and user-friendly way. We explored whether Geocraft could be an effective way to get the people of the place, especially youth, involved in geospatial issues. Methodology/Approach: Ge...
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Nowadays, an increasing number of applications are utilizing 3D city models for their purposes as they reveal a high information potential. In the context of the rapidly urbanizing world, this article surveys and qualitatively assess the contribution of virtual 3D city models in integrating, managing and communicating complex geo-information for ri...
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Efficient emergency response needs a multi-disciplinary approach which in turn calls for a high level of collaboration and coordination among the involved safety agencies. Furthermore, in order to cope with the complexity, uncertainty and dynamic nature of an emergency, flexible information and communication systems are required. Based on experienc...
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Successful emergency-response operations require capable systems to support efficient informationsharing, communication, and coordination of the multiple involved safety agencies. Μany authors have identified that Information Quality (IQ) and System Quality (SQ) are major hurdles for efficient and effective multi-agency response, and simultaneously...
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This paper aims to frame the multi-layered water safety concept in the context of a systematic, thorough, multidisciplinary and collaborative methodology for complex problems solving, i.e. geodesign. Multi-layered safety is an integrated flood risk management (FRM) concept based not only on flood probability reduction through prevention (layer 1),...
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This paper presents the outlines of a new EU-funded research program for the long-term history, present-day management and further development of the European landscapes, including their natural and cultural heritage: HERCULES. One of the subprojects of this program (Work Package 2) links archaeological, historical and historical ecological data to...
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In the last two decades traffic Incident Management (IM) has become an important tool to reduce and prevent congestion on the road network, especially in urban areas. IM involves the coordinated interactions of many public and private actors. To support their tasks in an effective way, information systems are becoming increasingly important. In par...
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This paper aims to offer a review of spatial dynamics in a rapidly urbanizing world. After a description of modern urbanization trends three issues are addressed in particular, viz. cities and wealth, urban quality of life, and demographic aspects of cities. The paper is concluded with various policy lessons.
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This paper reflects on the emerging concept of geodesign (a technological integration of spatial design and geographic and information sciences) and how it can be used to promote visionary goals for urban development. It moves on to review the recently proposed research agenda for urban studies, entitled: 'New Urban Europe' and draws links between...
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Geodesign in Europe was earmarked by the first Geodesign Summit Europe held in 2013 at the GeoFort, The Netherlands, where researchers and planners from 28 different countries gathered to exchange ideas on how the spatial sciences and design world could be merged. Based on innovations and applications showcased at the Geodesign Summit, this chapter...
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Sound flood management strategies are of utmost importance in low-lying areas like The Netherlands. Flood perceptions have changed over time, from flood protection and economically-oriented strategies, to more environmentally focused strategies such as the ‘Room for River’ program. Recently, a multi-level safety policy for flood management has gain...
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Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/). Peer-review under responsibility of the Eindhoven University of Technology, Faculty of the Built Environment, Urban Planning Group Abstract Data collection is moving towards more details and larger scales and...
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Geography can be considered an important binding principle in the Internet of Things, as all physical objects and the sensor data they produce have a position, dimension, and orientation in space and time, and spatial relationships exist between them. By applying spatial relationships, functions, and models to the spatial characteristics of smart o...
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In many city comparisons and benchmarking attempts, scores are purely one-dimensional with results split accordingly for each dimension. We propose a methodology for comparing cities on multiple dimensions implemented as a map-centric web tool based on a pairwise similarity measure. CityBench web tool provides a quick-scan geographical exploration...
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Spatial scientific research has increasingly become multidisciplinary. The need for different disciplines to share thematic knowledge and information has increased. However, not many Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) have succeeded in facilitating the needs of these multidisciplinary research communities. This article provides a methodological fr...
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In Europe, the emerging discipline of geodesign was earmarked by the first Geodesign Summit held in 2013 at the GeoFort, the Netherlands. Here researchers and practitioners from 28 different countries gathered to exchange ideas on how to merge the spatial sciences and design worlds. This book brings together experiences from this international grou...
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Problems such as traffic congestion and environmental sustainability are forcing us to review our long-term plans for transport, whose aim should be to develop an dimprove safety, security and effectiveness of the transportation systems. The consequences of traffic accidents are not only limited to road travellers (congestion, delays), but may also...
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This chapter contributes to the literature on the dyad creative design versus analytical assessment. It describes the challenges of creating a planning support system acceptable by designers, and reports the success of combining two planning support tools: Phoenix, an easy-to-use natural user-interface (using multitouch and physical objects input)...
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Features from the past in present cities have been identified as valuable and as potential assets for future urban development. Transferring knowledge about the history and heritage of the urban landscape is considered to be a challenging matter. This paper discusses how the process of knowledge transfer between past and future oriented disciplines...
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In the last two decades traffic Incident Management (IM) has become an important tool to reduce and prevent congestion on the road network, especially in urban areas. IM involves the coordinated interactions of many public and private actors. To support their tasks in an effective way, information systems are be-coming increasingly important. In pa...
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The digital revolution is one of the most important trends in education in The Netherlands, and digital maps and GIS are seen by geographers in The Netherlands as essential for enriching geography education. Modern secondary education in The Netherlands emphasizes the development of knowledge as well as skills and attitudes. The attention to learni...
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The present paper addresses the issue of urban sprawl in Europe from a multidimensional point of view, identifying the most sprawled areas and characterizing them in terms of population size. The literature is reviewed to categorize and extract the most relevant six dimensions that define the concept and several indices are specified to implement t...
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The use of wireless location technology and mobile phone data appears to offer a broad range of new opportunities for sophisticated applications in traffic management and monitoring, particularly in the field of incident management. Indeed, due to the high market penetration of mobile phones, it allows the use of very detailed spatial data at lower...
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The consequences of traffic accidents are not only limited to road travellers (congestion, delays), but may also affect the area surrounding the incident, for instance, in the case of incidents involving release of chemical substances. A lack of a real-time assessment of the mobility consequences of an incident as well as of its consequences for th...
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A considerable amount of the required information in risk and emergency management is geographical, but this information does not always reach the right actors at the right time, so how can geographical information be organised in such a way that it supports risk and emergency management more effectively? The answer requires a conceptualisation of...
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This book originates from observations that whilst an increasing body of scholars and students are using geographical information and computing technologies (geo-ICT) across a widening range of academic disciplines, there is relatively little systematic knowledge about the way in which these technologies are being used or the impact that the adopti...
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The growing popularisation of spatial tools all point to a growing need for spatial perspective. Recent international publications in the field of geography in education state that Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are an important tool to promote spatial literacy. In secondary education, there is a slowly growing interest in GIS. Besides diff...
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Geographic information supports disaster management in many ways. The analysis and visualization of static and incident specific dynamic geographic information is key for the build-up of a Common Operational Picture and the development of Shared Situational Awareness. Although the use of geographic information and analytical tools seems evident, th...
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We now arrive at the end of a special explorative journey. Over the last three years we have been considering the question of what role Geospatial Technology plays in science, given the importance of spatial location not only as the dimension underpinning the discipline of geography, but also because of its relevance and adoption across a range of...
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Globalisation has not led to the ‘death of geography’. Intensified relations between communities in different parts of the world have only highlighted the need for understanding and managing phenomena on a variety of geographic scales. From global warming to credit crunch, and from epidemics to terrorism, causes and solutions are sought on local, r...
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This contribution analyzes the problem of selecting the desirable characteristics of a study area when using geo-information for natural risk assessment. Shape, boundary, density of detail of the study area and the distribution of hazardous occurrences can be fundamental in conditioning the estimation of values in a map of expected risk. A study ar...
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In order to handle disasters, save human lives, and reduce damages, it is essential to have quick response times, good collaboration and coordination among the parties involved, as well as advanced techniques, resources, and infrastructure. The current response to disaster is inefficient and sometimes poorly organized. Various studies, research, an...
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During the crisis management, several organizations coordinate their emergency work based not only on well-defined policies and procedures (product of careful preparation) but also on the outcomes of the decision-making process. Decision-making is a highly complicated process in crisis situations. Good support in decision-making when disaster occur...
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Accessibility has become a key issue in modern urban planning. This paper aims to identify the impact of differences in spatial accessibility on the development of the built environment in cities. Using a few simple accessibility indicators, it tries to map out in a quantitative way the detailed implications of accessibility conditions for built-up...
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Summary Based on the experiences of UNIGIS Amsterdam at the VU University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, this article demonstrates that distance learning in the filed of Geographical Information Science can be a successful venture. Three Good Practices explaining this success are discussed explicitly: 1) the importance of establishing international...
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Spatial data play an important role in decision-making during the response phase of an emergency situation. Emergency management is a multidisciplinary activity of the fire brigades, the police forces, paramedics and the government. A spatial data infrastructure is expected to facilitate and coordinate the exchange and sharing of static and dynamic...
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Geo-information plays an Important role in the prevention and management of disasters. It has become clear from research into the requirements of end users to further develop the provision of geo-in-formation, that there is a range of developments underway to improve the provision of geo-information. This results in a variety of different informati...
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Emergency response is the disaster management phase with the most extreme requirements. During the crisis management, several organizations coordinate their work based not only on well-defined policies and procedures (product of careful preparation) but also on the outcomes of the decision-making process. Decision-making is a highly complicated pro...
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During the crisis management, several organizations coordinate their emergency work based not only on well-defined policies and procedures (product of careful preparation) but also on the outcomes of the decision-making process. Decision-making is a highly complicated process in crisis situations. Good support in decision-making when disaster occur...
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The metropolitan landscape consists of green, open areas adjacent to and enclosed by the urban environment. Changes in this landscape are a delicate matter, because they affect sustainability, the environment and the scenic quality, as we see in processes like urban sprawl, intensive outdoor recreation, city expansion and additional investments in...