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Peer-reviewed journal articles

  1. Edgar Baculi, Victoria Fast, Claus Rinner (2017) The Geospatial Contents of Municipal and Regional Open Data Catalogs in Canada. Journal of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association 28(1): 39-48 (full issue)
  2. Krista Heinrich, Carmen Huber, Claus Rinner (2017) Making Area-based Composite Indices Comparable across Time - The Role of Standardization and Outlier Removal. Journal of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association 27(2): 37-49 (full issue)
  3. M. McHenry, C. Rinner (2016) The Impact of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis Parameters on an Urban Deprivation Index. Cartographica 51(4): 179-197 (abstract)
  4. A.C.-D. Lee, C. Rinner (2015) Visualizing Urban Social Change with Self-Organizing Maps: Toronto Neighbourhoods, 1996-2006. Habitat International 45(Part 2): 92-98 (abstract)
  5. V. Fast, C. Rinner (2014) A Systems Perspective on Volunteered Geographic Information. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 3(4): 1278-1292 (abstract and full text)
  6. M. Markieta, C. Rinner (2014) Using Distributed Map Overlay and Layer Opacity for Visual Multi-Criteria Analysis. Geomatica 68(2): 95-105 (abstract)
  7. B. Carter, C. Rinner (2014) Locally Weighted Linear Combination in a Vector Geographic Information System. Journal of Geographical Systems 16(3): 343-361 (abstract)
  8. W. Isaranuwatchai, C. Rinner, H. Hart, A. Paglia-Boak, R. Mann, K. McKenzie (2014) Spatial patterns of drug use and mental health outcomes among high school students in Ontario, Canada. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction 12(3): 312-320 (abstract)
  9. B.B. Walker, C. Rinner (2013) A Qualitative Framework for Evaluating Participation on the Geoweb. URISA Journal 25(2): 15-24 (full issue)
  10. S. Kershaw, S. Gower, C. Rinner, M. Campbell (2013) Identifying inequitable exposure to toxic air pollution in racialized and low-income neighbourhoods to support pollution prevention. Geospatial Health 7(2): 265-278 (full paper)
  11. A. Sani, C. Rinner (2011) A Scalable GeoWeb Tool for Argumentation Mapping. Geomatica 65(2): 145-156 (abstract)
  12. C. Rinner, M. Hussain (2011) Toronto’s Urban Heat Island - Exploring the Relationship between Land Use and Surface Temperature. Remote Sensing 3(6): 1251-1265 (full text)
  13. C. Rinner, B. Moldofsky, M.D. Cusimano, S.P. Marshall, T. Hernandez (2011) Exploring the Boundaries of Web Map Services: The Example of the Online Injury Atlas for Ontario. Transactions in GIS 15(2): 129-145 (abstract)
  14. C.Rinner, D. Patychuk, K. Bassil, S. Nasr, S. Gower, M. Campbell (2010) The Role of Maps in Neighborhood-Level Heat Vulnerability Assessment for the City of Toronto. Cartography and Geographic Information Science 37(1): 31-44 (abstract)
  15. M.D. Cusimano, S.P. Marshall, C. Rinner, D. Jiang, M. Chipman (2010) Patterns of Urban Violent Injury: A Spatio-Temporal Analysis. PLoS ONE 5(1): e8669 (full text)
  16. J. Cinnamon, C. Rinner, M. Cusimano, S. Marshall, T. Bekele, T. Hernandez, R. Glazier, M. Chipman (2009) Evaluating Web-based Static, Animated, and Interactive Maps for Injury Prevention. Geospatial Health 4(1): 3-16 (full text)
  17. J. Cinnamon, C. Rinner, M. Cusimano, S. Marshall, T. Bekele, T. Hernandez, R. Glazier, M. Chipman (2009) Online Map Design for Public Health Decision-Makers. cartographica 44(4): 289-300 (abstract)
  18. C. Sidlar, C. Rinner (2009) Utility Assessment of a Map-Based Online Geo-Collaboration Tool. Journal of Environmental Management 90(6): 2020-2026 (abstract)
  19. C. Rinner, M. Bird (2009) Evaluating Community Engagement through Argumentation Maps - A Public Participation GIS Case Study. Environment and Planning B 36(4): 588-601 (abstract)
  20. C. Rinner, C. Keßler, S. Andrulis (2008) The Use of Web 2.0 Concepts to Support Deliberation in Spatial Decision-Making. Computers, Environment and Urban System 32(5): 386-395 (abstract)
  21. C. Rinner (2007) A Geographic Visualization Approach to Multi-Criteria Evaluation of Urban Quality of Life. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 21(8): 907-919 (abstract)
  22. C. Sidlar, C. Rinner (2007) Analyzing the Usability of an Argumentation Map as a Participatory Spatial Decision Support Tool. URISA Journal 19(1): 47-55 (full text)
  23. C. Rinner (2007) Geovisualisierung zur räumlichen Entscheidungsunterstützung [Geovisualization to Support Spatial Decision-Making]. KartographischeNachrichten 02/2007:85-92 (draft)
  24. M.D. Cusimano, M. Chipman, R.H. Glazier, C. Rinner, S.P. Marshall (2007): Geomatics in Injury Prevention: The Science, the Potential and the Limitations. Injury Prevention 13(1): 51-56 (abstract)
  25. C. Rinner, J.P. Taranu (2006) Map-Based Exploratory Evaluation of Non-Medical Determinants of Population Health. Transactions in GIS 10(4): 633-649 (abstract)
  26. J.Malczewski, C. Rinner (2005) Exploring Multicriteria Decision Strategies in GIS with Linguistic Quantifiers – A Case Study of Residential Quality Evaluation. Journal of Geographical Systems 7(2): 249-268 (abstract)
  27. C. Rinner, M. Raubal (2004) Personalized Multi-Criteria Decision Strategies in Location-based Decision Support. Journal of Geographic Information Sciences 10(2): 149-156 (draft)
  28. C. Rinner (2003) Web-based Spatial Decision Support: Status and Research Directions. Journal of Geographic Information and Decision Analysis 7(1): 14-31
  29. C. Rinner, J. Malczewski (2002) Web-Enabled Spatial Decision Analysis Using Ordered Weighted Averaging (OWA). Journal of Geographical Systems 4(4): 385-403 (abstract)
  30. C. Rinner (2001) Argumentation Maps - GIS-based Discussion Support for Online Planning. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 28(6): 847-863 (abstract)
  31. J. Fitzke, C. Rinner, D. Schmidt (1997) GIS-Anwendungen im Internet [GIS Applications on the Internet]. Geo-Informations-Systeme 6/97: 25-31 (scanned copy, 900 kB)

Books, theses, and reports

  1. J. Malczewski, C. Rinner (2015) Multicriteria Decision Analysis in Geographic Information Science. Springer: New York
  2. Toronto Public Health (2011) Implementation of a Map-Based Heat Vulnerability Assessment and Decision Support System - Final Project Report and Map Series, by C. Rinner, D. Patychuk, S. Briggs. Toronto: City of Toronto, 31 March 2011, 123 pp.
    Available at
  3. Toronto Public Health (2011) Implementation of a Map-Based Heat Vulnerability Assessment and Decision Support System - Data Documentation and Protocol for Maintenance and Updating, by C. Rinner, D. Patychuk, S. Briggs. Toronto: City of Toronto, 31 March 2011, 20 pp.
    Available at
  4. Toronto Public Health (2011) Implementation of a Map-Based Heat Vulnerability Assessment and Decision Support System - User Manual for Heat Vulnerability Mapping Tool, by C. Rinner, S. Briggs, B. Moldofsky, M. Beaudry. Toronto: City of Toronto, 31 March 2011, 26 pp.
    Available at
  5. Toronto Public Health (2009) Development of a Toronto-Specific, Spatially Explicit Heat Vulnerability Assessment: Phase I - Final Report, by C. Rinner, D. Patychuk, D. Jakubek, S. Nasr, K. Bassil. Toronto: City of Toronto, 31 July 2009, 81 pp.
  6. C. Rinner (1999) Argumentation Maps - GIS-Based Discussion Support for Online Planning. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Bonn, Germany. GMD Research Series Nr. 22/1999, Sankt Augustin, Germany, 128 pp.
  7. C. Rinner (1996) Einsatz eines Geographischen Informationssystems bei der Simulation von Schadstoffen in Fließgewässern. [Application of a Geographic Information System for the Simulation of Pollutants in Rivers.] Diploma Thesis, University of Osnabrück, Germany, 73 pp.

Peer-reviewed book chapters

  1. C. Rinner, V. Fast (2015) A Classification of User Contributions on the Participatory Geoweb. In F. Harvey, Y. Leung (eds.) Advances in Spatial Data Handling and Analysis - Select Papers from the 16th IGU Spatial Data Handling Symposium. Springer, pp. 35-49
  2. C. Rinner, J. Kumari, S. Mavedati (2011) A Geospatial Web Application to Map Observations and Opinions in Environmental Planning. In S. Li, S. Dragicevic, B. Veenendaal (eds.) Advances in WebGIS, Mapping Services and Applications. ISPRS book series No. 9, Taylor & Francis, London, UK, pp. 277-291
  3. C. Rinner, M. Düren (2011) Design With Nature 2.0 – A Geodata Infrastructure Approach to Map Overlay. In A. Schwering, E. Pebeszma, K. Behncke: Geoinformatik 2011 – Geochange. ifgiPrints No. 41, Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft, Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 21-28 (abstract and full text)
  4. J. Young, C. Rinner, D. Patychuk (2010) The Effect of Standardization in Multicriteria Decision Analysis on Health Policy Outcomes. In G. Phillips-Wren, L.C. Jain, K. Nakamatsu, R.J. Howlett (eds.) Advances in Intelligent Decision Technologies (Proceedings of the Second KES International Symposium IDT 2010). Springer, Berlin/Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 299-307 (abstract)
  5. C. Rinner (2008) Mobile Maps and More - Extending Location-Based Services with Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis. In L. Meng, A. Zipf, S. Winter (eds.) Map-Based Mobile Services. Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography. Springer, Berlin, pp. 335-352
  6. C. Rinner (2006) Argumentation Mapping in Collaborative Spatial Decision Making. In S. Dragicevic, S. Balram (eds.) Collaborative GIS. Idea Group Publishing, pp. 85-102 (draft)
  7. C. Rinner, A. Heppleston (2006) The Spatial Dimensions of Multi-Criteria Evaluation – Case Study of a Home Buyer’s Spatial Decision Support System. In M. Raubal, H.J. Miller, A.U. Frank, M.F. Goodchild (eds.) Geographic Information Science (Proceedings of 4th International Conference, GIScience 2006, Münster, Germany, September 20-23, 2006). Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 4197. Springer, Berlin, pp. 338-352 (abstract)
  8. C. Rinner (2005) Computer Support for Discussions in Spatial Planning. In M. Campagna (ed.) GIS for Sustainable Development. Taylor & Francis, pp. 167-180 (draft)
  9. H. Hochmair, C. Rinner (2005) Investigating the Need for Eliminatory Constraints in the User Interface of Bicycle Route Planners. In A.G. Cohn, D.M. Mark (eds.) Spatial Information Theory (Proceedings of International Conference, COSIT 2005, Ellicottville, NY, USA, September 14-18, 2005). Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 3693. Springer, Berlin, pp. 49-66
  10. V. Pipek, O. Märker, C. Rinner, B. Schmidt-Belz (2000) Discussions and Decisions: Enabling Participation in Design in Geographical Communities. In M. Gurstein (ed.) Community Informatics: Enabling Communities with Information and Communications Technologies. Idea Group Publishing, London, pp.539-560

Peer-reviewed conference papers

  1. R. Wen, C. Rinner (2016) Outlier Detection in OpenStreetMap Data using the Random Forest Algorithm. In J. Miller, D. O'Sullivan, N. Wiegand (eds.): Short Paper Proceedings of Ninth International Conference on GIScience, 27-30 September 2016, Montreal, Canada, pp. 364-368 (full text from proceedings USB) (revised version not included in proceedings due to late submission)
  2. C. Rinner, V. Fast (2014) A Classification of User Contributions on the Participatory Geoweb. In Proceedings of Joint International Conference on Geospatial Theory, Processing, Modeling and Applications, 6-8 October 2014, Toronto, Canada, pp. 234-249 (full text from proceedings CD-ROM)
  3. M. Markieta, C. Rinner (2013) A Map Overlay and Opacity Tool for Visual Multi-Criteria Analysis. In S. Li, C. Armenakis, X. Liu (eds.) Proceedings of Joint 2013 Canadian Institute of Geomatics Annual Conference and 4th International Conference on Earth Observation for Global Changes (EOGC'2013), pp. 200-204 (full text from proceedings CD-ROM)
  4. C. Keßler, C. Rinner, M. Raubal (2005) An Argumentation Map Prototype to Support Decision-Making in Spatial Planning. In F. Toppen, M. Painho (eds.) Proceedings of AGILE 2005 - 8th Conference on Geographic Information Science, 26-28 May 2005, Estoril, Portugal, pp. 135-142
  5. C. Rinner (2004) Three-Dimensional Visualization of Activity-Travel Patterns. In M. Raubal, A. Sliwinski, W. Kuhn (eds.) Geoinformation und Mobilität [Geoinformation and Mobility], Proceedings of the Münster GI Days, 1-2 July 2004, Münster, Germany, IfGIprints series No. 22. Verlag Natur & Wissenschaft, Solingen, Germany, pp. 231-237
  6. C. Rinner (2003) Teaching Spatial Decision Analysis with Idrisi Online. In M. Gould, R. Laurini, S. Coulondre (eds.) AGILE 2003 - Proceedings of 6th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science, 24-26 April 2003, Lyon, France
  7. L. Bernard, N. Ostländer, C. Rinner (2003) Impact Assessment for the Barents Sea Region - A Geodata Infrastructure Approach. In M. Gould, R. Laurini, S. Coulondre (eds.) AGILE 2003 - Proceedings of 6th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science, 24-26 April 2003, Lyon, France
  8. K. Greve, C. Rinner (1999) Argumentationskarten - GIS-basiertes Planungswerkzeug im WWW. [Argumentation Maps - GIS-based Planning Tool on the Web.] In J. Strobl, Th. Blaschke (eds.) Angewandte Geographische Informationsverarbeitung [Applied Geographic Information Processing] XI. Proceedings of AGIT Symposium, 7-9 July 1999, Salzburg, Austria, pp. 237-244
  9. B. Schmidt-Belz, C. Rinner, T.F. Gordon (1998) GeoMed for Urban Planning - First User Experiences. In R. Laurini, K. Makki, N. Pissinou (eds.) ACM-GIS, Proceedings of 6th International Symposium on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, 6-7 November 1998, Washington, D.C., USA, pp. 82-87
  10. C. Rinner (1998) Online Maps in GeoMed - Internet Mapping, Online GIS and Their Application in Collaborative Spatial Decision-Making. In Proceedings of International Conference on Geographic Information (GIS PlaNET), Lisbon, Portugal, September 1998
  11. C. Rinner (1998) ATKIS-Objekte in VRML? [Modeling Topographic Objects with VRML?] In J. Strobl, F. Dollinger (eds.) Angewandte Geographische Informationsverarbeitung [Applied Geographic Information Processing] X. Proceedings of AGIT Symposium, 1-3 July 1998, Salzburg, Austria, pp. 289-297
  12. C. Rinner (1997) Using VRML for Hypermapping in Spatial Planning. In T. Sellis, D. Georgoulis (eds.) Proceedings of the International Conference on Urban, Regional, Environmental Planning, and Informatics to Planning in an Era of Transition, 22-24 October 1997, Athens, Greece, pp. 818-829
  13. C. Rinner (1997) Discussing Plans via the World-Wide Web. Proceedings of the 15th Conference on Education in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (ECAADE), 17-20 September, Vienna, Austria
  14. C. Rinner (1997): Hypermaps mit VRML [Hypermaps using VRML]. In F. Dollinger (ed.) Angewandte geographische Informationsverarbeitung IX. Proceedings of AGIT symposium, July, Salzburg, Austria. Salzburger geographische Materialien, pp. 453-454
  15. C. Rinner (1997): Geodaten in WWW-gestützten Mediationsverfahren [Geographic Data in Web-based Mediation Processes]. In M. Schrenk (ed.) Beiträge zum Symposium Computergestützte Raumplanung (CORP), 12-14 February, pp. 379-380

Non-refereed conference and other papers

  1. V. Fast, C. Rinner (2017) Mediating Open Data: Providers, Portals, and Platforms. Editorial, URISA Journal 28(1): 7-8
  2. C. Rinner (2015) W(h)ither Ontario Geography? The Monograph, Journal of the Ontario Association for Geographic and Environmental Education, Vol. 66, Issue 3, pp. 15-17
  3. C. Huber, C. Rinner (2015) Oil Train Derailment in the City? Estimating Toronto’s Real-Estate Value at Risk. Cartouche, Newsletter of the Canadian Cartographic Association, Number 91, Summer/Autumn 2015, p. 9-10
  4. C. Rinner, V. Fast (2014) A Framework for Implementing Volunteered Geographic Information Systems. Position paper for annual general meeting of SSHRC Partnership Grant "Geothink", 11-13 June 2014, Ottawa, Canada
  5. E. Baculi, C. Rinner (2014) A Geographic Content Analysis of Municipal Open Data Catalogues across Canada. Cartouche, Newsletter of the Canadian Cartographic Association, Number 88, Winter/Spring 2014, p.8-9
  6. C. Rinner, S. Voss (2013) MCDA4ArcMap - An Open-Source Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis and Geovisualization Tool for ArcGIS 10. Feature Article, Cartouche, Newsletter of the Canadian Cartographic Association, Number 86, Winter/Spring 2013, pp. 12-13
  7. C. Rinner (2010) Regional and Urban GIS – A Decision Support Approach, by T.L. Nyerges and P. Jankowski. Reviewed in Annals of GIS 16(3): 195
  8. C. Rinner (2010) Argumentation Maps. In B. Warf (ed.) Encyclopedia of Geography. Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA, pp. 108-110
  9. C. Rinner (2008) The Handbook of Geographic Information Science, by J.P. Wilson and A.S. Fotheringham. Reviewed in The Canadian Geographer 52(3): 404
  10. C. Rinner (2007) Multi-Criteria Evaluation in Support of Emergency Response Decision-Making. Proceedings of Joint CIG/ISPRS Conference on Geomatics for Disaster and Risk Management, 23-25 May 2007, Toronto
  11. C. Rinner, J.P. Taranu (2005) A Geographic Visualization Approach to Multi-Criteria Evaluation. In Proceedings of Geoinformatics Conference, 17-19 August 2005, Toronto, Canada
  12. C. Rinner, M. Raubal, B. Spigel (2005) User Interface Design for Location-Based Decision Services. In Proceedings of Geoinformatics Conference, 17-19 August 2005, Toronto, Canada
  13. M. Raubal, C. Rinner (2004) Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis for Location Based Services. In S. Anders Brandt (ed.) Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Geoinformatics, 7-9 June 2004, Gävle, Sweden, pp. 47-53
  14. C. Rinner (2003) Web-basierte räumliche Entscheidungsunterstützung - Ein Überblick [Web-based spatial decision support - An overview]. geoinformatik_online 01/2003 (editorial)
  15. C. Rinner, P. Jankowski (2002) Web-Based Spatial Decision Support – Technical Foundations and Applications. In the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Theme 1.9 – Advanced Geographic Information Systems (edited by C. Bauzer Medeiros). UNESCO / Eolss Publishers, Oxford, UK
  16. C. Rinner, D. Schmidt (2000) Intelligent, interaktiv, internetfähig – die neue Karten-Generation. [Intelligent, Interactive, Internet-Compliant – a New Generation of Maps.] In C. Herrmann, H. Asche (eds.) Web.mapping 1: Raumbezogene Information und Kommunikation im Internet. [Spatial Information and Communication in the Internet.] Wichmann, Heidelberg, pp. 90-99
  17. C. Rinner, D. Schmidt (1999) Sharing ArcView Themes for Interactive Exploration. In Proceedings of ESRI European User Conference, 15-17 November 1999, Munich, Germany
  18. C. Rinner (1999) Argumaps for Spatial Planning. In R. Laurini (ed.) Proceedings of First Int. Workshop on Telegeoprocessing (TeleGeo), 6-7 May 1999, Lyon, France, pp. 95-102
  19. J. Fitzke, C. Rinner (1998) Visualisierung von Hochwasserszenarien mit VRML. [Visualization of Flooding Potential with VRML.] In Proceedings of Workshop Virtual GIS, 28-29 September 1998. Internal Report No. 8, Institut für Geodäsie und Geoinformatik, Fachbereich Landeskultur und Umweltschutz, University of Rostock, Germany, pp. 95-101
  20. C. Rinner, D. Schmidt (1998) Dimensions of DSS Application in Urban Planning. In R. Laurini (ed.) Proceedings of International Workshop on Groupware for Urban Planning, 4-6 February 1998, Lyon, France