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my name is Dr. Franz-Josef Behr. I am Professor for Geoinformatics at SUAS - Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences where we offer (amongst other study courses) a Master program called Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics and a German Bachelor Degree course called Informationslogistik. There things like routing are quite relevant.

Some interesting results of student projects can be found on the page Results of Student Projects. I am currently trying to give support for OSM related student applications for Google's Summer of Code.

My personal homepage can be found here. I am also editor of a geospatial portal site called and founder of two free services - (not yet operational) and Additionally I am developer of a WMS server, the so called SUAS MapServer. Digital terrain data in Shape and OSM format are provided at There you can find also a WMS server providing contour lines.

Mapping interests (work in progress)

My focus is on mapping of roads and footways around Palmbach, a suburb of Karlsruhe (Germany) where I live with my family. Most of my mapping is done while I am jogging or by bike.

HOT CrisisMapping XML Schema Definition

Together with Pnishi, Mentor (mentor.pnishi at, Saveluc, Andra (asaveluc at Sitz, Janka and Shresta, Thomas I developed the XML Schema for Crisis Mapping.

The schema is developed as Geography Markup Language (GML) application schema. GML is a worldwide accepted ISO and OGC standard.

Currently the schema (v0.1) is based on GML 3.1. I plan to maintain it as long as useful.

GPS devices used


Licensing issues

Public domain
All my contributions to OpenStreetMap are released into the public domain. This applies worldwide.
In case this is not legally possible, I grant anyone the right to use my contributions for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law.