Curating and communicating geographic information of cash crop cultivation considering environmental, social and economic impacts.


A collaboration of students and researchers from the University of Salzburg’s Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS participated in the first Austrian Copernicus Hackathon in Vienna in November 2016 and won first place for their sharecropper concept.
The project will continue to develop and aims to monitor issues of food security and land grabbing in connection with potential human rights and environmental abuses.
Free and open satellite imagery, crowd-sourced data and other volunteered and available data will be used to create meaningful information for public use, improving transparency of current systems and awareness of human and environmental threats.
Palm oil production is the focus of the first case study.


Our intent is to monitor changes in land use and land ownership, increasing transparency, awareness and accountability related to crop cultivation using open, volunteered and collectively curated data.


We are currently cooperating with the following partners:

Earth Observation Data Centre, Vienna

Department of Geoinformatics, University of Salzburg


We are currently a team consisting of five members:

Martin Sudmanns

PHD Researcher

Gina Schwendemann

Z_GIS employee

Hannah Augustin

Master student

Christian Werner

Master student

Stefan Zimmer

Master student


sharecropper team
Schillerstraße 30
5020 Salzburg, Austria

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