0n 18 June 2020, municipal representatives, scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) and the German Institute of Urban Affairs as well as the software developer Delphi IMM presented the first beta version of the analysis and visualization application hin&weg in a joint workshop. In the coming months, all participating cities and districts will intensively test the application in a process accompanied by the research partners in order to provide suggestions for further optimisation.
In addition to the existing pilot municipalities Leipzig, Halle (Saale), Rostock, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Trier and the district of Gifhorn, other municipalities have recently agreed to cooperate. These include Karlsruhe, Darmstadt, Esslingen am Neckar, Magdeburg, Potsdam, Jena, Offenbach am Main, Münster and Essen. Further interested municipalities are invited to participate in the next development phase.
The hin&weg software opens up two possibilities of use for the municipalities: On the one hand, it allows explorative data analyses in the form of maps, graphics and diagrams. On the other hand, it makes it much easier for decision-makers, monitoring reports and the public to create visualisations for the communication of socio-spatial processes compared to other applications.
Since 2004, the predecessor versions of hin&weg have been able to visualise statistical migration data at the click of a mouse. The application supports planning decision-making processes in a wide range of application areas, such as school planning, the development of new residential areas or the recording and control of commuter traffic. It is based on statistical data on inner-city movements, urban-rural migration and commuter networks.
In order to tailor the next generation of hin&weg software even better to the needs of municipal practice, the alpha version of the application has already been developed and tested in close cooperation with the pilot municipalities.
Aura Moldovan, a_moldovan(at)leibniz-ifl.de, +49 341 600 55 103