What’s trending on OpenStreetMap?

Google Trends inspired trends for OSM tiles


Ever wanted to know what’s trending on OpenStreetMap? Looks like there is an easy way to find out the answer to that question! Researchers at the Geometa lab at the HSR University of Applied Sciences have an experimental bot project “Trending Places in OpenStreetMap” that is analysing the views on OSM tiles and verifying which ones are gaining in popularity due to a hike in interest, thereby determining the “Trending Places”.

What is a Trending Place?

Places that have unusually higher views than their normal views, implying that places like tourist hot spots are not trending unless there is an increase in the number of views from the average. – Geometa Lab Webpage

The bot also tweets out the most trending places (with a two day delay). The top 10 most trending place on 26th June –

Trending Place in OpenStreetMap is definitely a #GeoGeek’s project but what is interesting is that already they have been able to link trends on the map to actual events on ground e.g. 04th May this year, Fort McMurray, Canada was trending on OSM and was the victim of wildfire in the beginning of May 2016.

P.S: The Matlab style plots are perhaps too geeky for the general public… and considering all the awesome work behind the project, it would be really cool if the community can help, with maybe creating a heat map of the trending places 😉 The entire project is licensed under MIT License.

More information

If you are interested in taking a look at the code behind the project – here’s the link to the GitHub page. If you’d rather first read more about the terminology and the current challenges of the project – here’s the link to the project website.

“Trending Places on OpenStreetMap” #Geoawesomeness 🙂

I am one of those passionate "Geo-geeks" and "Geo-people" who is just too excited about everything Geo and Management. Location information and spatial technologies are just too big to take a back seat and watch them revolutionize the world. Always curious and looking for ways to innovate, I guess that it comes naturally by the gene pool I inherited from an engineer Mom and a researcher Dad.



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