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From a research perspective, OpenStreetMap is deservedly attracting a lot of attention from universities and similar institutions, and from academic scholars in 'geomatics', 'neogeography', 'volunteered geo-informations'. 'digital cartography', 'participatory geoinformatics' etc. OpenStreetMap is fascinating and vast in terms of scale and variety of the data we offer, the technology we build, and uses we find for the data. But most of all, we are a fascinating and vast community. Whether you're interested in studying the community itself, or working with the datasets, we hope you'll become a part of it and share your knowledge, extend the map, improve existing technologies, and explore new horizons.


To learn more about the project itself, the wiki offers a wealth of (sometimes a little disorganised) information. Get a quick overview at About. Dive into some technical details of current Development or if you prefer, take a look at some Books about OpenStreetMap. Resources for scientific processing and analysis of OSM data are reviewed at OSM Scientific Tools.

Greetings from our community

OpenStreetMap has a vibrant and open community, and we are happy about everyone who takes an interest in us.

There's no reason to study OSM from inside an ivory tower like you would study a colony of ants. You can come out and talk to us, tell us what you're up to, even discuss your methods or preliminary results, and you will generally have full cooperation from the community. As a community, we're sometimes a little sad if the first we hear of an academic project is when the paper is graded or published - maybe we could have offered some advice, or put you in touch with someone else who does similar work. At the conference SotM-EU 2011, Muki Haklay gave a talk with advice to academics interested in OSM and the video is available online.

Ideas for students

Main article: /Ideas

OpenStreetMap has several open problems which would make good student projects. These are items that need researching and "longer-term" issues which could be worked on by students as a project separate from the the core open source development progress happening within the community. Further projects might be on the Google Summer of Code.

By geography

Below a list of universities and scientific institutions that are involved by different projects. This list is on scientific work only, please paste project specific content on a separate page to keep it short and readable. This is for OSM related GIS projects only!

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  • "OSMapTuner" - 03/2012, OSMapTunerdedicated OSM topic
    An smartphone editor for manipulating tags in the wild
  • "FEMroute" - Salzburg Research (Elisabeth Häusler, Renate Steinmann), TU Wien (Manuela Schmidt, Manuela Holzmayer) - 2009-2011, FEMroute-Website, Wiki
    The aim of FEMroute is to consider gender-relevant factors in location based services like route planners or navigation systems. OpenStreetMap is used to collect gender-related information within a test area.
  • "ways2navigate" - Salzburg Research, TraffiCon, TU Wien, FACTUM, Walk-space - 2010-2011, Ways2navigate
    Ways2navigate examines, which conditions and target groups are suitable for the presentation forms digital map, language and augmented reality technology in order to support pedestrians in an urban environment. OpenStreetMap is used as the database for the developed systems.
  • "Mit GIS an der Grenze unterwegs" - Zentrum für GeoInformatik - 2009
    Zum Einsatz von OpenStreetMap-Daten und Open-Source-Tools zur Zertifizierung von Wanderwegen am Obergermanisch-Rätischen Limes




Universität Wien:

  • "Die Open-Source-Plattform "OpenStreetMap", eine Konkurrenz für Geodatenhersteller?" - Wolfgang Kainz - 2009

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology:

  • "Towards an Open Source Analysis Toolbox for Street Network Comparison: Indicators, Tools and Results of a Comparison of OSM and the Official Austrian Reference Graph" Anita Graser, Markus Straub, Melitta Dragaschnig - 2013 - [1] (presentation on Youtube)

Technical University Vienna

  • "A Web-Based System for Comparative Analysis of OpenStreetMap Data by the Use of CouchDB" - Markus Mayr - 2012, search at:
    This thesis evaluates the possibility to construct a web application, which operates solely within a geospatially enabled CouchDB database. Its purpose is the matching of POIs from OpenStreetMap with a random set of points. To do so, a simplified matching algorithm is constructed and evaluated. Furthermore, a way to support legal decisions when using OpenStreeMap data is implemented.
    Tutor: Georg Gartner, Manuela Schmidt
  • "Testing the Usability of OpenStreetMap’s iD Tool" - Jan Behrens - 2014, OSM topic
    This study investigates the usability of the iD editor. Usability tests have been conducted with users who were given mapping tasks to complete using iD and observed with the thinking aloud method, screen recording and mouse/keyboard logging. The data gathered were analysed with regard to key usability criteria such as learnability, efficiency, error tolerance, and subjective user satisfaction. The outcome of this study is the identification of usability issues from which possible improvements of the tool have been derived.
    Tutor: Georg Gartner, Corné van Elzakker, Manuela Schmidt

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Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) Department of Computer Science and Engineering

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Centre for Topographic Information, Natural Resources Canada:

  • "Community mapping and goverment mapping: potential collaboration?" A. Beaulieu, D. Bégin, D. Genest - 2008 - [2]


The geomatics research lab of Memorial University of Newfoundland conducts different projects on VGI/OSM to assess the quality of VGI data using different approaches (e.g., semantic, users experience).

  • "Is the rise of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) a sign of the end of National Mapping Agencies as we know them?" - Devillers R., Bégin D., A. Vandecasteele A. - 2012, [3]
  • "Semantic Integration of Authoritative and Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) using Ontologies" - Ramos J., A. Vandecasteele A., Devillers R. - 2013, [4]
  • "Improving Volunteered Geographic Data Quality Using Semantic Similarity Measurements" - Vandecasteele A., Devillers R. - 2013, [5]
  • "Assessing Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) Quality Based on Contributors" - Bégin D., Devillers R., Roche S. - 2013, [6]

New Brunswick

University of New Brunswick:

  • "Volunteered Geographic Information: The Nature and Motivation of Human Sensors" David J. Coleman, Yola Georgiadou, Jeff Labonte - 2009 - [7]


University of British Columbia:

  • "Motivation for Open Collaboration: Crowd and Community Models and the Case of OpenStreetMap" Nama R. Budhathoki, Caroline Haythornthwaite - 12/2012 - [8]

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  • "The social networks for volunteered geographic information and spatial data infrastructures" - Suvi Välimäki - 12/2010, [9]

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Laboratoire COGIT de l'Institut Géographique National :

  • "Quality Assessment of the French OpenStreetMap Dataset" Jean-François Girres, Guillaume Touya - 10/2010 - [10]dedicated OSM topic
    Quality analysis and solutions for data quality improvements in France.

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RWTH Aachen

  • "Implementierung eines Navis für E-Fahrzeuge - Auf Basis von OpenStreetMap Daten" - Dzenan Dzafic - 08/2011, [11]


Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin:

  • "Tourismus-Informationssystem als Web-GIS mit OpenStreetMap" - Thomas "moenk" Mönkemeier - 08/2011, [12]
    The OpenStreetMap gained in importance in the recent years. Beside streets and places, there are also stored “POI” (Points of Interest). This information is available to anyone and has sufficient quality to be used for a tourism information system. By using a free and open source software a simple solution is created that allows even small areas of tourism to inform tourists about the amenities in their region on the web. A Web-GIS allows presenting the information online and in a spatial context.
    Tutor: Prof. Dr. Immelyn Domnick

Technische Universität Berlin:

  • "Evaluierung der Datennutzbarkeit von OpenStreetMap-Daten für Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)" - Tom Müller - 12/2010, []
    Versand per Mail auf Anfrage an tom['AT']fjellsmug['DOT']com
  • "OpenStreetMap For Traffic Simulation" - Michael Zilske, Andreas Neumann, Kai Nagel - 11/2011, [13]
    A workflow for generating multi-agent traffic simulation scenarios based on OpenStreetMap.

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin:

  • "Design und Evaluation eines Offline-Kartendienstes auf der Grundlage von Openstreetmap unter Verwendung von Precachingverfahren" - Christian Otto - 12/2009, [14]
    Tutor: Prof. Dr. Redlich

Freie Universität Berlin:

  • "MoNoTrac: A Mobile Node Trace Generator" - Bastian Blywis, Felix Juraschek, Mesut Günes, Christian Graff, [15]
  • "mapsforge: free mapping and navigation tools" - Jürgen Broß, Thilo Mühlberg, Heinz Schweppe, [16] [17]
    The overall goal of mapsforge is to provide a free and open toolbox that enables the community to easily create new OpenStreetMap-based applications. Provided tools and APIs include solutions for map rendering, route planning and navigation, POI indexing and search, map overlays and more.
  • "xappy.js - XAPI JavaScript implementation" - Philipp Borgers - 05/2011, xappy.js, [18]dedicated OSM topic
    A reimplementation of the XAPI in JavaScript with PostGIS backend


Universität Bonn:

Main staff Prof. Zipf and Pascal Neis, A. Schilling, M. Auer et al. moved to Heidelberg! See below: #Heidelberg

  • "OpenStreetMap Daten - Ein Instrument zur partizipativen Planung in Entwicklungsländern?" Alfredo Jakob - 2010 - [
  • "Abbildung von Straßendaten für Qualitätsuntersuchungen - Ein Vergleich von OpenStreetMap mit Navteq" Ina Ludwig - 2010 - [19], [20]dedicated OSM topic
  • "Developing SDIs Based on Volunteered Geographic Information" Alexander Zipf - 2009 -
  • "Verbesserung der Datengrundlage für die Routenplanung im Bereich landwirtschaftlicher Logistik auf Basis offener Geodaten" Johannes Lauer, Alexander Zipf - 2009 - [21]
  • "Virtuelle 3D Stadt- und Landschaftsmodelle auf Basis freier Geodaten" M. Over, A. Schilling, S. Neubauer, S. Lanig, A. Zipf - 2009 - [22]
  • "OpenStreetMap 3D Germany und Stadtmodell NRW3D: Erfahrungen bei der Realisierung landesweiter interoperabler 3D-Stadt- und Landschaftsmodelle im Internet auf Basis amtlicher und Nutzer-generierten Geodaten" N. Neubauer,M. Over, A. Schilling, R. Kulawik, Pascal Neis, A. Zipf - 2009 - [23]
  • "Interoperable Location Based Services for 3D cities on the Web using user generated content from OpenStreetMap" Schilling A., Over M., Neubauer S., Neis P., Walenciak , Zipf, A. - 2009 - [24]
  • "LBS 2.0 - Realisierung von Location Based Services mit user-generated, collaborative erhobenen freien Geodata" Pascal Neis, Alexander Zipf - 2008 - ISSN 1867-5433 [25]
  • "New Applications based on Collaborative Geodata - the Case of Routing" S. Schmitz , Pascal Neis, Alexander Zipf - 2008 - [26]
  • "Integrating Terrain Surface and Street Network for 3D Routing" Schilling, A.; Lanig, S.; Neis, P.; Zipf, A. - 2008 - [27]
  • "Zur Kopplung von OpenSource, OpenLS und OpenStreetMaps in" Neis, P., Zipf, A. - 2008 - [28]
  • "OpenStreetMap – Grundlagen und Potentiale der freien Wiki-Weltkarte" Neis, P., Zipf, A. - 2008 - [29]dedicated OSM topic


University of Bremen:

  • "Segmentation of OpenStreetMap Data - Generating, Merging, and Distributing Tiles" - Jan Behrens - Sep. 2011, [30], OSMTdedicated OSM topic
    The goal of the thesis is to evaluate existing splitting and merging tools for OSM data and derive an implementation of a new tool capable of tiling the world into stand-alone (every tile contains the relevant data) and mergeable (seamless merging of neighbouring tiles must be possible) chunks. Mechanisms for peer-to-peer distribution of the tiles shall be discussed. Inspired by this project idea.
    Tutor: Frieder Nake
  • "OSMonto - An Ontology of OpenStreetMap tags" - Mihai Codescu, Gregor Horsinka, Oliver Kutz, Till Mossakowski, Rafaela Rau - Jul. 2011, [31]dedicated OSM topic
    OSMonto is an ontology of OpenStreetMap tags, created with the purpose to ease maintenance and overview of existing tags and to allow enriching the semantics of tags by relating them to other ontologies.
  • "OpenScienceMap", [32],[33]
    OpenScienceMap is a platform to enable researchers to implement their ideas, to cooperate with others, and to share their results with everybody. We currently work on implementing a vector-tile service, OpenGL map rendering on mobile devices, generalization of OpenStreetMap data and developing new methods for map interactions.


TU Chemnitz:


Hochschule Darmstadt:

  • "Ansätze zur präziseren Positionsbestimmung mit GPS-Empfängern aus dem Niedrigpreissegment und deren prototypische Anwendung in einem automatisierten, mobilen Kartographie-Szenario" - Tobias Eckerth - 2010-03-29, [35]
    Describes a method and proof-of-concept for automatically recording geometries and uploading them to OpenStreetMap. Has a well-written and illustrated introduction to geodesy, cartography, and OSM.
    Tutor: Prof. Dr. Joachim Wietzke


Hochschule Anhalt:

  • "Potenziale von Open Geodata im Kontext von Open Innovation" - Thomas Kandler - 2013-12-17, [36]
    Tutor: Prof. Dr. Lothar Koppers


TU Dresden:

  • "Fusion von Geodaten unterschiedlicher Quellen in Geodateninfrastrukturen am Beispiel von ATKIS und OpenStreetMap" - Stefan Wiemann - 11/2009, [37]
    Tutor: Prof. Dr. Lars Bernard, Prof. Dr. Dirk Burghardt
  • "Integration von Generalisierungsfunktionalität für die automatische Ableitung verschiedener Levels of Detail von OpenStreetMap Webkarten" "(Integration of generalization functionality to derivate automatic different levels of detail in OpenStreetMap webmaps)" - Ralf Klammer - 06/2011, Linkdedicated OSM topic
    TU Dresden - Institut für Kartographie
    Tutor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Burghardt, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Stefan Hahmann
  • "Vergleichsanalyse des Gebäudedatenbestandes aus OpenStreetMap mit amtlichen Datenquellen" "(Comparative analysis of building data from OpenStreetMap with official sources)" - Carola Kunze - 06/2012, Linkdedicated OSM topic
    TU Dresden - Institut für Kartographie
    Tutor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Burghardt, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Stefan Hahmann, Dipl.-Ing. Robert Hecht
  • "Ein Bewertungssystem für OpenStreetMap" "(An Evaluation System for OpenStreetMap)" - Christoph Wagner - 12/2010, Linkdedicated OSM topic
    TU Dresden - Fakultät für Informatik
    Tutor: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Dr. h. c. Alexander Schill, Dr.-Ing. Stephan Groß, Dr.-Ing. Sandra Steinbrecher


Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg:

  • "Konzeption und Implementierung eines Binärformats zur effizienten Übertragung von OpenStreetMap- Daten auf mobile Endgeräte zur dynamischen Generierung individueller Karten" Alexander Münch - 2009/2010 - [38]dedicated OSM topic


Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg:

  • "Online-Befragung der OSM Community" - Marco Lechner - 2010-10/2011, [39]dedicated OSM topic
  • "OpenStreetSLAM: Global Vehicle Localization Using OpenStreetMaps" Georgios Floros, Benito van der Zander, Bastian Leibe - 2013 - [40]
    IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Karlsruhe, Germany


HafenCity Universität Hamburg:

  • "Weiterentwicklung von OpenStreetMap-Farbschemata für Nutzer mit Farbsinnstörungen" Johannes Kröger - 2012 - [41]dedicated OSM topic
    Bachelorarbeit. In dieser Arbeit wird die farbliche Darstellung von Straßenklassen in der Karte von auf ihre Eignung für Menschen mit Farbsinnstörungen untersucht. Ein verbessertes Farbschema wird präsentiert. Farbsinnstörungen werden erklärt und die resultierenden Probleme in der Kartografie sowie entsprechende Lösungsansätze vorgestellt. Um Betroffenen eine erfolgreichere Identifikation und Unterscheidbarkeit der Straßenklassen zu ermöglichen, wird das bestehende Farbschema der verändert. Testaufgaben werden entwickelt, um die Eignung beider Farbschemata mit Betroffenen prüfen zu können. Die Durchführung einer öffentlichen Onlineumfrage wird beschrieben, anschließend werden die Ergebnisse vorgestellt.
  • "Analysis and improvement of the OpenStreetMap street color scheme for users with color vision deficiencies" Johannes Kröger, Jochen Schiewe & Beate Weninger - 2013 - [42]dedicated OSM topic
    In this paper we analyze the street class color scheme of the "Standard" map style in regards to users with color vision deficiencies. We describe the process of adjusting the existing color scheme to accommodate these users whilst trying to preserve the overall appearance. The results of an online user study to test both the original and the adjusted color scheme are presented.


Hochschule Hannover:

  • "Gauch M. (2013):Extraktion ausgewählter Objekte aus OpenStreetMap und Verküpfung mit den Fachdaten einer BI-Anwendung" Gauch M. - 2013 - [43]dedicated OSM topic
    OSM GeoBI

Polytechnical College Hannover:

RTS Uni Hannover:

  • "Autonomous Robot Navigation Based on OpenStreetMap Geodata" Matthias Hentschel, Bernardo Wagner - 2010 - [44]dedicated OSM topic


See also Bonn cause Prof. Zipf and staff moved from there in 2009 University of Heidelberg GIScience (Geoinformatics) Research Group osmAGENT

  • "osmAGENT" padeshahekhoban, Dr. Jamal Jokar Arsanjani - 2013 - dedicated OSM topic
    survey on OSM user motivation
  • "Towards Automatic Vandalism Detection in OpenStreetMap" Neis, P.; Goetz, M.; Zipf, A. - 2012 - [45]dedicated OSM topic
    Vandalism Detection
  • "Analyzing the Contributor Activity of a Volunteered Geographic Information Project — The Case of OpenStreetMap" Neis, P, Zipf, A. - 2012 - [46], ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 2012; 1(2):146-165dedicated OSM topic
    OSM User Analsis
  • "Using Crowdsourced Indoor Geodata for the Creation of a Three-Dimensional Indoor Routing Web Application" Goetz, M. - 2012 - [47],Future Internet, 4 (2), 575-591dedicated OSM topic
    OSM 3D Indoor Routing
  • "Creating a worldwide 3D globe from user-generated data" Uden, M., Schilling, A., Li, M., Goetz, M., Zipf, A - 2012 - [48]dedicated OSM topic
    OSM 3D Global at DGFK Workshop on "Map creation from user generated data", Hannover, Germany (together with Deutscher Kartographentag)
  • "OpenBuildingModels und die Herausforderungen beim Crowdsourcing von 3D-Stadtmodellen" Uden, M., Zipf, A. - 2012 - [49], AGIT 2012. Symposium für Angewandte Geoinformatik. Salzburg, Austria.dedicated OSM topic
  • "Indoor Evacuation using IndoorOSM and MatSim" - Markus Götz - 02/2012, [IndoorOSM]dedicated OSM topic
    uses IndoorOSM for indoor evacuation simulation wit MatSIM trafic simulation package
  • "OpenStreetMap in D-A-CH - Welche Auswirkungen hat(te) der Lizenzwechsel auf den Datenbestand?" Neis, P. - 2012 - [50]dedicated OSM topic
    AGIT 2012. Symposium für Angewandte Geoinformatik. Salzburg, Austria.
  • "GRIPS" - 2011-2013, [51]
    uses OSM for traffic simulation and evacuation simulation wit MatSIM trafic simulation package
    Tutor: Alexander Zipf
  • "OpenStreetMap in 3D – Detailed Insights on the Current Situation in Germany" Goetz, M, Zipf, A. - 2012 - [52]dedicated OSM topic
    at AGILE 2012. Avignon, France
  • "Visualizing spatio-temporal quality metrics of Volunteered Geographic Information – A case study for OpenStreetMap" Roick, O.; Loos, L; Zipf, A. - 2012 - [53]dedicated OSM topic
  • "OpenBuildingModels - Towards a platform for crowdsourcing virtual 3D cities" Uden, M, Zipf, A. - 2012 - [54]
    7th 3D GeoInfo Conference. Quebec City, QC, Canada. , VGI 3D
  • "HComparative Spatial Analysis of Positional Accuracy of OpenStreetMap and Proprietary Geodata" Helbich, M., Amelunxen, C., Neis, P., - 2012 - [55]dedicated OSM topic
    Spatial Analysis of Positional Accuracy, Int. GI_Forum 2012. Salzburg. Austria.
  • "Mining urban land use patterns from volunteered geographic information by means of genetic algorithms and artificial neural networks" Hagenauer Julian and Helbich Marco, - 2012 - [56]dedicated OSM topic
    using machine learning to improve OSM in International Journal of Geograhical Information Science (IJGIS)
  • "The Evolution of Geo-Crowdsourcing: Bringing Volunteered Geographic Information to the Third Dimension" Goetz, M. and A. Zipf - 2012 - [57]dedicated OSM topic
    in Sui, D.Z., Elwood, S. and M.F. Goodchild (eds.), 2012. Volunteered Geographic Information, Public Participation, and Crowdsourced Production of Geographic Knowledge. Berlin: Springer.
  • "The Street Network Evolution of Crowdsourced Maps: OpenStreetMap in Germany 2007–2011" Pascal Neis, Dennis Zielstra, Alexander Zipf - 2011 - [58]dedicated OSM topic
    About historical evolution of road data network in Germany. Contains a lot of indices and meters about data quality by a comparison to TomTom data sets.
  • "An Algorithm Based Methodology for the Creation of a Regularly Updated Global Online Map Derived From Volunteered Geographic Information" Goetz, M., Lauer, J., Auer, A. - 2012 - [59]dedicated OSM topic
    at The Fourth International Conference on Advanced Geographic Information Systems, Applications and Services. GEOProcessing 2012. Valencia, Spain.
  • "Abgrenzung urbaner Räume mittels OpenStreetMap und maschinellen Lernenverfahren." (Hagenauer J und Helbich M, (2011): Deriving urban areas from Open Street Map using machine learning.In Schilcher M: Geoinformationssysteme. Beiträge zum 16. Münchner Fortbildungsseminar, abcverlag, Heidelberg, S. 78-81.) Hagenauer Julian and Helbich Marco, - 2011 - [60]dedicated OSM topic
    using machine learning to improve OSM in Schilcher M: Geoinformationssysteme. Beiträge zum 16. Münchner Fortbildungsseminar, abcverlag, Heidelberg, S. 78-81.
  • "Towards Defining a Framework for the Automatic Derivation of 3D CityGML Models from Volunteered Geographic Information" Marcus Götz, - [61]dedicated OSM topic
    Joint ISPRS Workshop on 3D City Modelling & Applications and the 6th 3D GeoInfo Conference. Wuhan, China
  • "Extending OpenStreetMap to Indoor Environments: Bringing Volunteered Geographic Information to the Next Level" Marcus Goetz, Alexander Zipf - 2011 - [62]dedicated OSM topic
    About the OSM-3D project
  • "OSMatrix" - Oliver Roick, Julian Hagenauer, [63]
    analyse OSM, preview available (OSMatrix)
    Tutor: Alexander Zipf
  • "Visualizing spatio-temporal quality metrics of Volunteered Geographic Information – A case study for OpenStreetMap" Oliver Roick, Lukas Loos, Alexander Zipf - 2011 - [64]dedicated OSM topic
    OSM data quality analysis, visualization, spatial analystics (OSMatrix) at Geoinformatik 2012. Mobilität und Umwelt. Braunschweig.
  • "OSMatrix - Grid based analysis and visualization of OpenStreetMap" Oliver Roick, Julian Hagenauer, Alexander Zipf - 2011 - [65]dedicated OSM topic
    OSM data quality analysis, visualization, european comparison (OSMatrix) at SOTM-EU 2011. State of the Map EU. Scientific Track. Wien.
  • "Crowdsourced Cartography" - Michael Auer, [66]
    Auer, M. (2011): User generated Cartography by crowd sourcing web map styling.- 25th International Cartographic Conference (ICC). 3rd-8th of July 2011- Paris, France.
    Tutor: Alexander Zipf
  • "OSM Web Map Service for Europe" - Michael Auer et al., OSM-WMS-EUROPE
    Public WMS with SRTM Hillshading based upon OSM data, SLD based map styling
    Tutor: Alexander Zipf
  • "OpenStreetMap meets Open Geospatial Consortium - Zum Anwendungspotential einer Geodateninfrastruktur mit freiwillig gesammelten Geodaten" Michael Auer, Alexander Zipf - 2011 - [67]dedicated OSM topic
    OSM & GDI in: Schilcher, M. (Hrsg.): Geoinformationssysteme. Beiträge zum 16. Münchner Fortbildungsseminar, S. 106-113
  • "Quality Improvement of OpenStreetMap" - Julian Hagenauer, Marco Helbich et al., [68]
    use machine learning (Artifical Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms for Improving OSM quality
    Tutor: Alexander Zipf
  • "FocusMaps with OSM" - Julian Hagenauer, [69]
    Focus Maps and Landmarks
    Tutor: Alexander Zipf
  • "Zur Nutzung von TMC Verkehrsmelde informationen mit OpenStreetMap" Pascal Neis and Georg Walenciak - 2011 - [70]dedicated OSM topic
    TMC at AGIT 2011, Symposium Angewandte Geoinformatik, Salzburg, Österreich.
  • "Analysis of user behaviour in OSM, Diploma Thesis" - Helena Stroh
    Tutor: Alexander Zipf
  • "Routing for Elderly people (60+)" - Neis et al, [71]
    Routing for Elderly people (60+)
    Tutor: Alexander Zipf
  • "Ein Routenplaner für Rollstuhlfahrer auf der Basis von OpenStreetMap-Daten" Astrid Müller, Pascal Neis, Michael Auer, Alexander Zipf - 2010 - [72]dedicated OSM topic
    About the Rollstuhl-Routing project
  • "Empirische Untersuchungen zur Datenqualität von OpenStreetMap – Erfahrungen aus zwei Jahren Betrieb mehrerer OSM-Online-Dienste" Pascal Neis, Dennis Zielstra, Alexander Zipf, Alexander Strunck - 2010 - [73]dedicated OSM topic
  • "A Comparative Study of Proprietary Geodata and Volunteered Geographic Information for Germany" Dennis Zielstra, Alexander Zipf - 2010 - [74]dedicated OSM topic
  • "Improve Geocoder and Reverse Geocoder through Interpolation" - Christof Amelunxen - 2010, [75]
    Tutor: Alexander Zipf
  • "HistOSM - Historic Objects in OSM" - Michael Auer et al. - 2010, [76] [77]
    Historic Objects in OSM, WMS & WFS
    Tutor: Alexander Zipf
  • "Emergency Route Service for Haiti" Pascal Neis . - 2010 - [78]
    Emergency Route Service for Haiti after earthquake 2010
  • "AgroRouting and rural OSM data improvement" - Johannes Lauer - 2010, [79]
    Agricultural Routing and Logistics, Use Agricultural Telematics System for semi-automated improvement of rural OSM data: A workflow for improving the availability of routable data (OSM) for logistics in agriculture - using data from Telematics-systems and community-based quality management. AGILE 2010. The 13th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science. Guimarães, Portugal.
    Tutor: Alexander Zipf
  • "Investigations on Locational Accuracy of Volunteered Geographic Information Using OpenStreetMap Data" Helbich M., Amelunxen C. , Neis P., Zipf A - 2010 - [80]
    Investigations on Locational Accuracy of Volunteered Geographic Information Using OpenStreetMap Data
  • "Emergency Route Service portal for Africa for the United Nations Logistics Cluster, WFP" - Singler, P. Neis, P., Zipf A - 2010, [81]
    Tutor: Alexander Zipf
  • "Collaborative mapping and Emergency Routing for Disaster Logistics - Case studies from the Haiti earthquake and the UN portal for Afrika" Pascal Neis, Peter Singler, Alexander Zipf - 2010 - [82]
  • "Emergency Route Service for Haiti" - Pascal Neis ., [83]
    Emergency Route Service for Haiti after earthquake 2010
    Tutor: Alexander Zipf
  • "Accessibility Analysis for Fire Brigades" - Pascal Neis, [84]
  • "Accessibility Analysis for E-Mobility" - Pascal Neis - April 2010, April 2010
    Tutor: Alexander Zipf
  • "BehindertenRouting" "(Wheelchair routing)" - since 2009, DE:Rollstuhlfahrer-Routing[[85]]
    Tutor: Alexander Zipf
  • "OpenRouteService" - Pascal Neis - since 2008, OpenRouteService
    several LBS services, routing and accessibility analysis (AAS)
    Tutor: Alexander Zipf
  • "OpenStreetMap 3D" - Arne Schilling - since 2008, OSM-3D
    Visualising OSM data in the third dimension using SRTM DEM dataset as Web Service (W3DS)
    Tutor: Alexander Zipf
  • "" "(" - Maxim Rylov - since 2012, OpenMapSurferdedicated OSM topic
    Global OSM Map Service


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT):

  • "Fast and Exact Mobile Navigation with OpenStreetMap Data" - Christian Vetter - 2010, [86], MoNav
    Tutor: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Peter Sanders

Hochschule Karlsruhe:

  • "Vergleich Auswirkungen des Lizenzwechsels..." - Jakob A. - 2010, [87] [88]dedicated OSM topic
    Simulates possible consequences of different license change policies
    Tutor: Frederik Ramm
  • "OpenStreetMap in ArcGIS: Automatisierte Datenaufbereitung für Netzwerkanalysen" - Eva Zimmermann - 2010, [89], [90]dedicated OSM topic
    Im Rahmen der Bachelor-Thesis wurde untersucht, ob die OSM-Daten für Netzwerkanalysen in ArcGIS geeignet sind und wie die Integration und Nutzung vereinfacht werden kann. Dazu wurde eine prototypische Anwendung entwickelt, die es ermöglicht, OSM-Daten automatisiert für die Anwendung im Network Analyst vorzubereiten. Diese Anwendung wurde so konzipiert, dass sie Verkehrsnetzwerke für beliebige Fahrzeugtypen und Länder erzeugen kann.
    Tutor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anne Rauner
  • "Öffentlicher Personennahverkehr in OpenStreetMap - Entwurf, Implementierung und Erprobung eines Schemas für die Modellierung vielseitig nutzbarer Daten" "(Public transport in OpenStreetMap – Design, implementation and testing of a schema for the modelling of versatile data)" - Sebastian Schwarz - 06/2009, [91], User:Oxomoa/Public transport schemadedicated OSM topic
    This diploma thesis focuses on the modeling of public transport (PT) related geodata in OpenStreetMap. The main objective is to motivate the community to collect PT related geodata more consistently and comprehensively, and to model it more efficiently than before.
    Tutor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gertrud Schaab
  • "Quality analysis of OSM-data for the usage of 3D-city-models applied for an energy analysis of residential buildings in London" - Joel Orsinger - 08/2013dedicated OSM topic
    This bachelor thesis analysed the quality of OSM data in Hackbridge, London for their suitability for the usage of a 3D-city-model. The data was compared with governmental and one metre accurate geographic data of Ordnance Survey (MasterMap). The 3D-model was applied to a project which strives to achieve a suburb without CO2-emission
    Tutor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Saler (HsKA); Prof. Dr. Mark Deakin (Edinburgh Napier University)


Hochschule Kempten:

  •  - 2011, [92], [93]dedicated OSM topic
    (informell) Matching und Profiling von Elektromobilen auf OSM Straßennetz
    Tutor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Rupp


Universität Leipzig:

  • "LinkedGeoData – Collaboratively Created Geo-Information for the Semantic Web" - Sören Auer, Jens Lehmann - 2009, LinkedGeoData, [94]
    About RDFing the OSM datas
  • "Adding a Spatial Dimension to the Web of Data" Sören Auer, Jens Lehmann and Sebastian Hellmann - 2009 - [95]
  • "Map highlighting the ODbL data..." - F.Schmidt - 2010, [96]


Ludwig Maximilians Universität München (LMU):

  • "TrafficMining - A framework to easily test route search algorithms in OpenStreetMap data." - Franz Graf - 2010, Code Basededicated OSM topic
    An open source routing framework to compare different routing algorithms on OSM data. The project is kept quite simple so that students and PhDs can test new algorithms on real geospatial data easily. Results can be visualized without dealing with GUI libraries.
  • "PAROS: Pareto Optimal Route Selection" F. Graf and H.-P. Kriegel and M. Renz and M. Schubert - 06/2010 - publication page, DOI link, Paper, Poster, (code base)dedicated OSM topic
  • "MARiO: Multi Attribute Routing in Open Street Map" F. Graf and H.-P. Kriegel and M. Renz and M. Schubert - 08/2011 - publication page, Paper, (code base)dedicated OSM topic
  • "Maximum Gain Round Trips with Cost Constraints" F. Graf and H.-P. Kriegel and M. Schubert - 2011 - abstract, Paper, ArXivdedicated OSM topic
    An open source routing framework to compare different routing algorithms on OSM data. The project is kept quite simple so that students and PhDs can test new algorithms on real geospatial data easily. Results can be visualized without dealing with GUI libraries.

Technische Universität München (TUM)

  • "Webbrowserbasierte Indoor-Navigation für mobile Endgeräte auf Basis der OpenStreetMap" - Andreas Hubel - 2011, [97]dedicated OSM topic
    Im Rahmen dieser Arbeit wurde eine Web-Anwendung entwickelt, die Indoor- Navigation auf Basis des Daten des OpenStreetMap Projekts demonstriert und in den Webbrowsern aktueller Smartphones läuft. Die Routenberechung und Kartendarstellung wird direkt auf dem Gerät in JavaScript durchgeführt. Insbesondere wird eine Lösung zur Darstellung von unterschiedlichen Stockwerken auf einer 2D Karte aufgezeigt. Da noch kein Schema für Indoor-Daten in OpenStreetMap definiert war, wurde ein Vorschlag entwickelt und Teile eines Gebäudes darin umgesetzt.


Universität Münster:

  • "Tracking Editing Processes in Volunteered Geographic Information: The Case of OpenStreetMap" Carsten Keßler, Johannes Trame, Tomi Kauppinen - September 2011 - [98]
  • "Provenance and Trust in Volunteered Geographic Information: The Case of OpenStreetMap" Carsten Keßler, Johannes Trame, Tomi Kauppinen - September 2011 - [99]
  • "Semantic Referencing of Geosensor Data and Volunteered Geographic Information" Simon Scheider, Carsten Keßler, Jens Ortmann, Anusuriya Devaraju, Johannes Trame, Tomi Kauppinen, Werner Kuhn - July 2011 - [100]
  • "Exploring the Lineage of Volunteered Geographic Information with Heat Maps" Johannes Trame, Carsten Keßler - March 2011 - [101]
  • "Quality Of Geographic Information Patchworks" Patrick Maué, Sven Schade - [102]


Fachhochschule Neubrandenburg:

  • "Analyse der kommunalen und regionalen Geodateninfrastrukturen in Deutschland unter dem Gesichtspunkt der öfentlichen Darstellung von Geodaten" - Jörg Bischof - 2009, [103]
    Tutor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Kresse, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Wehrenpfennig


Universität Osnabrück:

  • " - Der Radrouten-Planer für Osnabrück" - Team, Fahrradies.netdedicated OSM topic
  • "OsnaGo (" - Kai Behncke, [104]
    A (now commercial) map service for tourism services in Osnabrück. The source-code for www.osnago-karte and will be published under GNU LGPL in january 2011.A dissertation to that subject is still be written.
  • "Bachelorthesis: ATKIS-Basis-DLM und OpenStreetMap - Ein Datenvergleich anhand ausgewählter Gebiete in Niedersachsen" - Mareike Schoof - 10/2010, [105]dedicated OSM topic
    In dieser Bachelorarbeit wird ein Vergleich der Basis-DLM-Daten des Amtlichen Topographisch-Kartographischen Informationssystems (ATKIS) mit den frei verfügbaren Open-StreetMap-Daten durchgeführt. Die Datensätze werden in erster Linie im Hinblick auf die Qualitätsmerkmale Vollständigkeit und Positionsgenauigkeit untersucht. Im Ergebnis zeigt sich, dass die OpenStreetMap-Daten, vor allem in größeren Städten, eine gute Positionsgenauigkeit und teilweise höhere Vollständigkeit aufweisen als die ATKIS-Basis-DLM-Daten, welche jedoch eine konstant hohe Datendichte und Genauigkeit besitzen und somit verlässlicher sind.
    Tutor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Ehlers
  • " - Tracking, Routing and Information Service" - Team, [[106]]dedicated OSM topic


Universität Paderborn:

  • "Explorative Evaluierung von Navigationsassistenz für Menschen mit Behinderungen auf Basis von OpenStreetMap" - Peter Wendorff - 10/2011, [107]dedicated OSM topic
    This thesis is about an examination of navigational systems for blind people. Main focus is on the question whether data from OpenStreetMap is usefull for this kind of applications.
    Tutor: Dr. Michael Tauber


Universität Passau:

  • "Qualitätssicherung von Kartendaten anhand von OpenStreetMap" - Sebastian Brunner - 2013, [108]dedicated OSM topic
    Die Arbeit befasst sich mit Qualitätssicherung von OpenStreetMap-Daten. Es wird eine Web-Applikation bereitgestellt, die es den Teilnehmern von OpenStreetMap leichter machen soll, von ihnen erstellte Strukturen zu überwachen und Änderungen, die andere Teilnehmer daran vornehmen, nachvollziehen zu können. Die Prototypimplementierung ([109], [110]) wird evaluiert und Feedback der Community eingeholt.
    Tutor: Prof. Dr. Tomas Sauer
  • "Untersuchung und Evaluierung verschiedener Methoden der metrischen Distanzmessung" - Reimar Stier - 2013, [111]dedicated OSM topic
    Die Arbeit beschäftigt sich mit verschiedenen Methoden zur metrischen Distanzmessung. Diese verwenden preisgünstige Hilfsmittel zur Bestimmung von Gebäudehöhen und können bei der Verbesserung von OpenStreetMap helfen. Als Messgerät wird hierbei entweder ein Laser oder ein Smartphone verwendet. Der Schwerpunkt dieser Arbeit liegt auf einer Methode, die die Gebäudehöhe in einem errechneten 3D-Modell misst. Dieses Modell wird aus mehreren Bildern einer Smartphone-Kamera rekonstruiert.
    Tutor: Prof. Dr. Tomas Sauer
  • "Merging Elevation Raster Data and OpenStreetMap Vectors for 3D Rendering" - Tobias Knerr - 2013, [112]dedicated OSM topic
    The free OpenStreetMap database contains valuable data for 3D rendering, but elevation needs to be extracted from an external source such as NASA's SRTM raster data. Among several possible algorithms for approximating a terrain surface, natural neighbor interpolation and especially piecewise approximation using least squares yield good experimental results. A proposed framework of connectors and constraints may serve to further refine the terrain surface by inserting information from OpenStreetMap's vector data. Linear programming can be applied to the problem of performing this refinement. A prototype implementation based on the open-source 3D renderer OSM2World produces examples for advantages and disadvantages of that approach.
    Tutor: Prof. Dr. Franz J. Brandenburg
  • "Automatisierung der Kartographierung von Straßenschildern" - Philipp Unger - 2013, [113]dedicated OSM topic
    Die Arbeit beschäftigt sich mit mit der automatischen Erkennung von Objekten im Straßenverkehr. Die Aufzeichnung mithilfe einer speziell entwickelten Android Applikation wird später am PC automatisch ausgewertet. Exemplarisch wurde eine Straßenschilderkennung und -verfolgung evaluiert. Zur Weiterverarbeitung der gefundenen Informationen, werden die extrahierten Informationen als Waypoints in der aufgezeichneten GPX-Datei abgespeichert ([114], [115]).
    Tutor: Prof. Dr. Tomas Sauer
  • "Graphdarstellung von OpenStreetMap-Wegedaten" - Tobias Knerr - 2009, [116]dedicated OSM topic
    Die Arbeit präsentiert einen Ansatz für die Qualitätssicherung im OpenStreetMap-Projekt: Visualisierung eines aus Wegedaten des Projekts erzeugten Routinggraphen. Die zentralen Aspekte der Datenstruktur des OpenStreetMap-Datensatzes für Zwecke des Routings werden beschrieben und mögliche Löungsalgorithmen für verschiedene Herausforderungen bei der Verarbeitung der Daten vorgestellt. Eine Umsetzung des Konzepts erfolgt in Form des Plugins GraphView für den OpenStreetMap-Dateneditor JOSM.
    Tutor: Prof. Dr. Franz J. Brandenburg


Universität Potsdam:

  • "Eine fußgängerbezogene Datenaufbereitung" "(Pedestrian related data preperation)" - 2010, PedestrianProject
  • "Adaption mobiler Kartendienste auf Basis von OpenStreetMap Daten" "(Adaption of map-based mobile services with OpenStreetMap)" - user:robson06 - 01/2013, [MyMobileMap]
    Master thesis about an adaptable System using a Webservice, Mapsforge and OSM

Hasso Plattner Institut:

  • "eWorld - a traffic simulator" "(eWorld - a traffic simulator)" - 2010, [[117]]


Universität Rostock:

  • "Verteilte Berechnung von Kartenkacheln in Desktop-Grids, am Beispiel von OpenStreetMap" "(Distributed tiles-rendering in a desktop-grid using the example of OpenStreetMap)" - M.Meisser - start: 01/2013, User:!i!/Boincdedicated OSM topic
    Master thesis about evaluating if the OSM rendering stack could be efficient distributed on a grid platform maintained by volunteers. Will try to start a prototype for presenting a proof of concept.
    Tutor: Prof. Cap, Dipl. Inf. Martin Garbe
  • "Videomapping im OpenStreetMap Umfeld" - M.Meisser - 06/2011, JOSM/Plugins/VideoMappingdedicated OSM topic
    Bachelor thesis about extending the JOSM editor to link videos against GPS Tracks and optimize Video mapping
    Tutor: Dr. Korduan

Frauenhofer IGD:

  • "IMOTRIS – Nutzung des Open Street Map-Ansatzes im Rahmen eines Intermodalen Transport Routing Informationssystems" - Herr Ruth - 2009, [118]


Saarland University / DFKI

  • "Offene Geodaten durch OpenStreetMap" - Roland Ramthun - 05/2012, [119]
    Kapitel aus "Open Initiatives: Offenheit in der digitalen Welt und Wissenschaft"
  • "Master's thesis: Extending OpenStreetMap with indoor maps." - Frederic Kerber - 2011/2012, [120]
  • "Internet technologies for future geo-related web apps" Rainer Jochem - 2012 - [121]
  • "XML3D – Interactive 3D Graphics for the Web" - Kristian Sons, Felix Klein, Dmitri Rubinstein, Sergiy Byelozyorov, Philipp Slusallek - 2010, [122]
    Web technologies provide the basis to distribute digital information worldwide and in realtime but they have also established the Web as a ubiquitous application platform. The Web evolved from simple text data to include advanced layout, images, audio, and recently streaming video. Today, as our digital environment becomes increasingly three-dimensional (e.g. 3D cinema, 3D video, consumer 3D displays, and high-performance 3D processing even in mobile devices) it becomes obvious that we must extend the core Web technologies to support interactive 3D content. Instead of adapting existing graphics technologies to the Web, XML3D uses a more radical approach: We take today’s Web technology and try to find the minimum set of additions that fully support interactive 3D content as an integral part of mixed 2D/3DWeb documents. XML3D enables portable cross-platform authoring, distribution, and rendering of and interaction with 3D data. As a declarative approach XML3D fully leverages existing web technologies including HTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), the Document Object Model (DOM), and AJAX for dynamic content. All 3D content is exposed in the DOM, fully supporting DOM scripting and events, thus allowing Web designers to easily apply their existing skills. The design of XML3D is based on modern programmable graphics hardware, e.g. supports efficient mapping to GPUs without maintaining copies. It also leverages a new approach to specify shaders independently of specific rendering techniques or graphics APIs. We demonstrated the feasibility of our approach by integrating XML3D support into two major open browser frameworks from Mozilla andWebKit as well as providing a portable implementation based on JavaScript and WebGL.
  • "XML3D Physics: Declarative Physics Simulation for the Web" - Kristian Sons and Philipp Slusallek - 2011, [123]
    As interactive 3D graphics has become an integral part of modern Web browsers via the low-level WebGL API, it now becomes apparent that higher-level declarative approaches integrated with HTML5 are needed in order to make 3D graphics broadly and easily accessible to Web developers. A key component of interactive 3D scenes are physics simulations. However, specifying the physics properties required major changes to the scene graph in the past. In this paper, we present a declarative and orthogonal physics annotation framework that nicely separates the generic 3D scene description from its physics properties. The approach is based on the declarative XML3D format as an extension to HTML5, has been implemented as a plug-in that runs in three browsers that support XML3D and is demonstrated with a number of examples and performance evaluations.


Fachhochschule Münster:


HFT Stuttgart:

  • "Bachelorthesis: Entwicklung eines deutschen Kartenstils" - Beate Braun - 2010/2011
    Rendern von OpenStreetMap-Daten zu einer deutschlandkonformen Darstellung mit Hilfe von Mapnik. Der Kartenstil steht seit Februar 2011 auf zur Verfügung.
    Tutor: Dr. Franz-Josef Behr, Frederik Ramm
  • "OpenDTM", [125]dedicated OSM topic
    Höhenlinien basierend auf SRTM DEM Datensatz
  • "Visualization of OpenStreetMap data using SUAS MapServer based on WMS" - Qian Min - 2008, GSoC_Applications_2008#Support_for_OSM_data_in_SUAS_MapServer_Qian_Mindedicated OSM topic
    The objective of our project is to provide OpenStreetMap (OSM) data using SUAS MapServer. ut the level of feature classes is not sufficient enough for us because we expect of deriving more feature classes in detail. In order to solve the problem, we found a way to separate the feature classes into more detailed feature classes firstly, and then import new shape format files into SUAS MapServer for visualization of OSM data.
    Tutor: Dr. Franz-Josef Behr
  • "Replizierung der Geonames-Datenbank"
  • "Simulation von Fahrzeugbewegungen"
  • "Simulation von Fahrzeugbewegungen II"dedicated OSM topic
    The aim is to create a simulation of car movements on the Open Street Map.
    In order to archieve a realistic simulation (as possible) all cars posess individual properties influencing the behaviour of accelerating, braking and the detection of other moving actors. Using a modificated version of Osmosis, the application is able to read Open Street Map XML files, writing them into a MySQL database and finally optimizing the data structure of this database for improved and faster calculating of road junctions and parsing of the map. Actually all moving vehicles are driving, Open Street Map is being read, parsed and used as the fundament of the simulation. The detection of road junction and collision is still in development, but in a quite advanced state.
    All actors already do have certain properties for braking, accelerating and their final speed. The final goal of the project is to link other Systems with this simulation of abstract moving vehicles. Adding the ability of influence to each linked system, an complex system is created out of various abstract systems making empiristical research and applications with todays computers possible.
  • "OSM-Routenextrahierer"
  • "OSM: MySQL- und PostGreSQL-Datenbank im Vergleich"
  • "Imageslicer I+II", [126]
  • "Datenbank für Health Care Facilities" "(Health Care Facility Database)" - Holger Schlepple, Daniel Loch, Filipe Maia, Michael Paulmann - 2012
    Erstellung einer Datenbank die die Kontaktinformationen sowie die Koordinaten von health Care Facilities umfasst.
    Tutor: Dr. Franz-Josef Behr

Universität Stuttgart:

  • "Quality Inspection and Quality Improvement of Large Spatial Datasets" Hainan Chen, Volker Walter - 2008 - [127]
    In this paper we present an approach for quality inspection and quality improvement of spatial data that is based on map matching and map fusion. Two different datasets (GDF/TeleAtlas and OpenStreetMap) are used in this study.


Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen:


FH Wedel:

  • "AntScout - Navigieren auf Open Street Map wie die Ameisen" - Alexander Bertram - 2012, [129]dedicated OSM topic
    Tutor: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Iwanowski
  • "OpenStreetMap im Vergleich zu anderen Geodatenanbietern" - Josias Polchau - 07/2009, [130]dedicated OSM topic
    Tutor: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Iwanowski
  • "Vespucci: Entwicklung eines Geodateneditors für das OpenStreetMap-Projekt auf der Android-Plattform" - Matthias Brandt - 2009, [131]
    Development of Vespucci
    Tutor: Prof. Dr. Andreas Häauslein
  • "Fußwegrouting - Aufbau und Integration eines Fußwegroutings in das Fahrgastinformationssystem GEOFOX" - Josias Polchau - 2010/2011
    Tutor: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Iwanowski

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  • "Robotautó Világbajnokság" "(Robocar World Championship)" - Norbert Bátfai, PhD. - 12/2014, [132]
    Robocar World Championship is intended to offer a common research platform for developing urban traffic control algorithms and for investigating the relationship between smart cities and robot cars with particular attention to spread of robot cars of the near future. Each competition is assigned to a city. Competitions are played on a rectangular area of the OSM (OpenStreetMap) map of the given city.

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National University of Ireland Maynooth:

  • "Characteristics of Heavily Edited Objects in OpenStreetMap" - Dr. Peter Mooney - 02/2012, [133]dedicated OSM topic
  • "Towards Quality Metrics for OpenStreetMap" - Dr. Peter Mooney - 12/2010, [134]dedicated OSM topic
  • "Annotating Spatial Features in OpenStreetMap" - Dr. Peter Mooney - 03/2011, [135]dedicated OSM topic
  • "Comparison of the accuracy of OpenStreetMap for Ireland with Google Maps and Bing Maps" - Ciepłuch , Błażej and Jacob, Ricky and Mooney, Peter and Winstanley, Adam - 03/2011, [136]dedicated OSM topic


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Politecnico di Bari:

  • "T².O.M.T.O.M. : Techniques and Technologies for an Ontology-based Mobility Tool with Open Maps" - Michele Ruta, Floriano Scioscia, Saverio Ieva, Eugenio Di Sciascio - 2010, [138]


Free University of Bozen-Bolzano:

  • "Adding Completeness Information to Query Answers over Spatial Data" Simon Razniewski, Werner Nutt - 11/2014 - [139]dedicated OSM topic
    This paper shows how completeness metadata from the OSM Wiki (as can be used to assess the completeness of query answers over the OSM data.


Fondazione Bruno Kessler:

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Geodan and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam have a VGI research program that focuses on quality and trust aspects of volunteered geospatial information.

  • "The impact of crowdsourcing on spatial data quality indicators" M. van Exel, E. Dias, S. Fruijtier - 2010 - [141]
  • "Proposing a redefinition of the social geographic information domain -- Why perpetuating the use of “VGI” will lead to misconceptions and information clutter" M. van Exel, E. Dias, S. Fruijtier - 2011 -
  • "Towards A Methodology For Trust Stratification in VGI" M. van Exel, E. Dias - 2011 - [142]


Section GIS Technology and the 3D Geoinformation Research Group at TU Delft have a couple of research projects involving OpenStreetMap and GPS tracks.

1) A research project on the automatic classification of GPS trajectories for transportation modes using data from OpenStreetMap, resulting in a MSc thesis and a journal paper in the International Journal of Geographical Information Science:

  • "Automatic segmentation and classification of movement trajectories for transportation modes" F. Biljecki - 2010 - [143]
  • "Transportation mode-based segmentation and classification of movement trajectories" F. Biljecki, H. Ledoux, P. van Oosterom - 2013 - [144]

2) Research on the automatic enrichment (update) of attributes of roads in OSM obtained by data mining GPS tracks.

  • "Automatically deriving and updating attribute road data from movement trajectories" Karl van Winden - 2014 - [145]


University of Twente:

  • "Neogeography Map Users and Uses" Mosa T. Moseme & Corné P.J.M. van Elzakker - 2012 - [146]
  • "Conflicts in Neogeography maps" Tanmoy Das, Corné P.J.M. van Elzakker, Menno-Jan Kraak - 2012 - [147]

New Zealand


Auckland University, University Without Conditions

  • "The Digital Commons: Escape from Capital?" (The Digital Commons: Escape from Capital?) Robin Paulson - February 2013 - [148]


  • "Low-Cost Mapping and Publishing Methods for Landscape Architectural Analysis and Design in Slum-Upgrading Projects" Philip Paar, Jörg Rekittke - 2011 - [149]

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Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

  • "Comparativa entre OpenStreetMap y Cartociudad: caso de estudio de Valencia" Naiara Fernandez Terrones, Jesus de Diego Alarcón, Antoni Pérez-Navarro - 2012 - [150]
  • "Calidad cartográfica de OpenStreetMap: Caso de estudio de Cerdanyola del Vallés" - Joana Agelet Fernández - 2012
    Tutor: Naiara Fernández Terrones
  • "Determinación de la calidad de OpenStreetMap frente a Cartociudad para la ciudad de Barcelona" - Samuel Blázquez Sánchez - 2012
    Tutor: Naiara Fernández Terrones
  • "Calidad cartográfica en OpenStreetMap en la Comunidad de Madrid. Estudio comparativo entre OpenStreetMap y CartoCiudad" - Belén Cobaleda Esteban - 2012
    Tutor: Naiara Fernández Terrones
  • "Calidad cartográfica en OpenStreetMap" - Jordi Juncosa Gallego - 2012
    Tutor: Naiara Fernández Terrones
  • "Comparativa entre OpenStreetMap y Cartociudad: caso de estudio de Valencia" - Naiara Fernández Terrones - 2011
    Tutor: Jesús de Diego Alarcón

DeustoTech (Universidad de Deusto)


  • "GIS and MAS tight coupling for Spatial Load Forecasting" A.Pijoan, O.Kamara, C.E.Borges and Y.Penya - 2014 - [151]
  • "Multi-Agent GIS System for Improved Spatial Load Forecasting (Demonstration) (Best Demo Award)" C.E.Borges, O.Kamara, A.Pijoan and Y.Penya - 2014 - [152]
  • "Uso de algoritmos de enrutamiento para el cálculo de indicadores de sostenibilidad" A.Pijoan, C.E.Borges, Y.Penya and A.Alonso-Vicario - 2014 - [153]
  • "Uso de fuentes de información geográfica voluntarias en proyectos de ingeniería" C.E.Borges, A.Pijoan,G.Sorrosal, I.Oribe-Garcia, M.González and O.Kamara - 2013 - [154]
  • "Agent Based Spatial Load Forecasting" (Agent Based Spatial Load Forecasting) C.E. Borges, Y.K. Penya and A.Pijoan - 2012 - [155]

Research projects

  • "BizkaiSense" "(BizkaiSense)" - A. Pijoan, I. Oribe-Garcia, G. Sorrosal and C.E. Borges - 2013
    BizkaiSense is an intelligent sensory Infrastructure for Improvement of the Sustainability, financed by Diputación Foral de Bizkaia through Bizkailab program. It's goal is to collect environment variables data, through the deployment of sensors in order to enable to take strategical decision related to sustainability. It aims to integrate environmental indicators calculation, improve it and make all that information accessible for the citizens. Some of the main indicators are "Citicens with access by foot to green areas" (Indicator 2), "Local air quality" (Indicator 3), "Citizens exposed to high noise levels" (Indicator 6), "Sustainable land use" (Indicator 7), "Villages with accesibility plan" (Indicator 23)... The neccesary data is taken from OpenStreetMaps Overpass API and GeoEuskadi, the Harmonized Topographic Database of the Basque Government.
  • "SAILEA: Sistema Automático de Inspección de Líneas Eléctricas Aéreas" "(SAILEA: Overhead Power Line Automatic Inspection System)" - G. Sorrosal and M. González - 2013
    The inspection of overhead power lines plays an essential factor in maintaining an electricity transmission. Surveillance and maintenance of electrical infrastructures is the key to ensuring and improving the quality of service. An inspection system can prevent and predict future damages. Within this project, an automatic overhead power line inspection system by UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) has been developed. The UAV flies along the power lines gathering images and data, which are processed by different computer vision algorithms to obtain the inspection reports. The inspection system must have outstanding information about the key elements for the inspection of the power lines defined in the legislation, such as electric pylons, buildings, roads, railroads, power line crossings or vegetation. The objective is to obtain the coordinates and characteristic distances of these elements to the power lines. The necessary cartographic data have been obtained from OpenStreetMap and GeoEuskadi, the Harmonized Topographic Database of the Basque Government.
  • "Long Term Load Forecasting" "(Long Term Load Forecasting)" - C.E. Borges, Y.K. Penya, I. Fernández, O. Kamara and A. Pijoan - 2013
    Long-term load forecasting aims at predicting the evolution of the energy consumption in a certain area. The study of load forecasting can be divided into two areas in relation to the type of demand growth: vertical growth (related to the increment in the electric consumption of already existing customers) or horizontal growth (related to the appearance of new customers on a certain location). Focusing on the horizontal growth, the objective of the system developed is to forecast the apparition of new electrical clients and estimate their future demand within a certain area in the next 5 to 10 years. The agent system needs information regarding the location, layout and type of infraestructures, which is obtained from OpenStreetMap and the public cadastre (Cat2Osm2). With these inputs, the system predicts and provides a geospatial view of the city growth in terms of both number of customers and energy needs. This approach would let the utility manager analyze whether the grid needs to be upgraded in order to give a reliable response to future energy needs.

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École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne:

  • "Campus Orientation tool", [156]
    A highly detailed map of the university campus


Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz:

  • "Quality Assessment of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI)" - Hans-Jörg Stark - 2010, [157]
    Tutor: Prof. Hans-Jörg Stark
  • "Map your World - Schüler erfassen Geodaten" - Hans-Jörg Stark, Carmen Treuthard - 2010, [158] [159] , Map your world
    Tutor: Prof. Hans-Jörg Stark
  • "Phänomen der Beteiligung von Freiwilligen bei der Erhebung von Geodaten in den Projekten OpenAddresses und OpenStreetMap" - Hans-Jörg Stark, Judith Uhlmann, Fabio Tommasini - 2009, [160]
    Tutor: Prof. Hans-Jörg Stark


University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil (HSR):

  • "Accessible Map" - Schmucki/Rothauser - 12/2013, Accessible Map
    Mobiles Web App für Blinde (english: Mobile web app for the visually impaired).
    Tutor: Prof. Stefan Keller
  • "OpenPOIMap" "(TagFinder)" - Michel Ott - 03/2012, [161]
    Finding tags of OpenStreetMap data using information retrieval techniques.
    Tutor: Prof. Stefan Keller
  • "OpenPOIMap" "(OpenPOIMap)" - Michel Ott - 03/2012, [162]
    Web application for the presentation and exploitation of Points-of-Interests from OpenStreetMap.
    Tutor: Prof. Stefan Keller
  • "Openstreetmap in a box" - since 2009, [163] [164] [165]
    A easy to deploy OSM WMS setup
    Tutor: Prof. Stefan Keller


ETH Zürich:

  • "Kartenkritik an OpenStreetMap - Eine systematische Beurteilung der durch Mapnik visualisierten freien Weltkarte mit Fokus auf die Schweiz" - Stefan Zollinger - 2008, [166]
    Tutor: Prof. Dr. Lorenz Hurni

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Academia Sinica

  • "The One and Many Maps: Participatory and Temporal Diversities in OpenStreetMap" Tyng-Ruey Chuang, Dong-Po Deng, Chun–Chen Hsu, Rob Lemmens - 2013 - []dedicated OSM topic

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  • "Projected Hill Map" - Gregory Marler, [167]
    Is geographic understanding of an area easier to gain and share through use of a system that combines a physical terrain model and a computer-controlled map display, in comparison to traditional flat maps.


University College London:

  • "The Life of the Party: Impact of Social Mapping in OpenStreetMap" Desislava Hristova, Giovanni Quattrone, Afra Mashhadi, Licia Capra - 2013 - [168]dedicated OSM topic
  • "OpenStreetMap: User-Generated Street Maps" Haklay - 2008 - [169]
  • "Completeness in volunteered geographical information the evolution of OpenStreetMap coverage in England" Mordechai (Muki) Haklay1, Claire Ellul1 - 06/2010 - [170]dedicated OSM topic
  • "How good is volunteered geographical information? A comparative study of OpenStreetMap and Ordnance Survey datasets" Mordechai Haklay - 2010 - [171]
  • "A Quality Analysis of OpenStreetMap Data" - A. Ather - 2009, [172]
    Tutor: Muki Haklay
  • Interview with Dr. Haklay on OSM data quality [173]

Royal Holloway

  • "Mapping a blankspot: Introducing OpenStreetMap to Ugunja, Western Kenya" - Ben Parfitt, Olly Parsons, Jamie Gregory - 2012, [174]
    Evaluating how interactive and community mapping can be used to enhance rural development in and around Ugunja, western Kenya.


Loughborough University:

  • "An exploration of Volunteered Geographic Information stakeholders" Christopher J. Parker, Andrew May, Val Mitchell - 2010 - [175]
  • "Characteristics of VGI Stakeholders" Christopher J. Parker, Andrew May, Val Mitchell - [176]
  • "Imformation Value of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) Systems" - Christopher J. Parker, Department Profile Research Blog
    Is reading a PhD at Loughborough University, UK (2008 - Present). Put simply this is assessing how adding volunteer generated content to a map (either by a mashup or making a whole map from scratch) along with other professional information may produce applications of higher user value. Focusing on information value from a human factors perspective


Middlesex University:

  • "Crowdsourcing is radically changing the geodata landscape: case study of openstreetmap" Steve Chilton - [177]dedicated OSM topic


  • "How does OSM inflect cartographic theory and practice..." - Joe Gerlach, Departmental Profile, Research Blog
    Is a doctoral student at the School of Geography, University of Oxford, researching the politics, cultures and technologies of virtual and open-source mapping groups such as OpenStreetMap. Drawing on traditions in cultural geography, I'm interested in exploring what politics and spaces are generated by the OpenStreetMap community. Key questions include; how does OSM inflect cartographic theory and practice - moreover, how do the likes of OSM impact upon the way we produce and navigate through space?
  • "Vernacular mappings and the ethics of what comes next" J. Gerlach - 2010 - [178]

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Center for Excellence in GIScience/National Geospatial Technical Operations Center


University of Delaware

  • "OpenStreetMap Capability prototype" "(Campus map of the university with OSM)" - 2011, [179]dedicated OSM topic
    Multilayer Map of the campus


University of South Florida

  • "Enabling Cost-Effective Multimodal Trip Planners through Open Transit Data" - Edward L. Hillsman, Sean J. Barbeau - May, 2011, [180]dedicated OSM topic
    Assessment of the feasibility of developing a multimodal trip planner using open-source software and open sources of data, including OpenStreetMap and transit GTFS data.
  • "Comparative Study of Pedestrian Accessibility to Transit Stations Using Free and Proprietary Network Data" - Dennis Zielstra, Hartwig H. Hochmair - Dec, 2011, [181]dedicated OSM topic
  • "Comparison of Shortest Path Lengths for Pedestrian Routing in Street Networks Using Free and Proprietary Data" - Dennis Zielstra, Hartwig H. Hochmair - March, 2012, [182]dedicated OSM topic
    Assessment of the feasibility of developing a multimodal trip planner using open-source software and open sources of data, including OpenStreetMap and transit GTFS data.
  • "Areal Delineation of Home Regions from Contribution and Editing Patterns in OpenStreetMap" - Dennis Zielstra, Hartwig H. Hochmair, Pascal Neis, Francesco Tonini - November, 2014, [183]dedicated OSM topic
    This research explores the editing history of nodes and ways for 13 highly active OSM members within a two-tiered clustering process to delineate an individual mapper’s home region from remotely mapped areas.


  • "OpenStreetMap–Overview and Motivational Factors" Nama Budhathoki, Dr. Muki Haklay - 2010 - [184]
  • "Participant's motivations to contribute geographic information in an online community" - Budhathoki, Nama R. - 2010, [185]
    Tutor: Bruce, Bertram C.; Hopkins, Lewis D.; Haythornthwaite, Caroline A.; Haklay, Mordechai

Santa Barbara

  • "Citizen as Sensors: The World of Volunteered Geography" Goodchild, M.F. - [186]
  • "Citizens as voluntary sensors: spatial data infrastructure in the world of Web 2.0." Goodchild, M.F. -
  • "NeoGeography and the nature of geographic expertise" Goodchild, Michael - [187]


University of Maryland:

  • "TerpNav" - Faster Team
    A OSM based highly detailed OSM map
    TerpNav is a pedestrian map of the University of Maryland at College Park (Go Terps) and is built on the OSM base. A successful student project, it was adopted as the official campus pedestrian map several years ago, and today sees heavy use by campus residents and visitors alike. Heaviest use is in the first days of class each semester as students hunt for the best paths to find their classes! One of the important and driving features of TerpNav is its support for handicap accessibility, and an option is to present best paths based on absence of stairs and availability of curb cuts.
    The latest version of TerpNav is TN3 which evidences our experiences with usage patterns and provides better searching capabilities. The work continues in support of social networking capabilities that naturally hang on a geo-aware tool like TerpNav.


  • "Tropes 2.0: Mobilization in OpenStreetMap" - Josef Eckert
    You can now access the completed thesis here: "Tropes 2.0: Strategic Mobilizations of the Geoweb"
    Completed a 2 years master's thesis at the University of Washington, Seattle. Explores how social movement theory may offer a component of the answer to why people choose to contribute data to the OpenStreetMap project. Blending ethnographic tools of participant observation and semi-structured interviews, Joe seeks a more nuanced explanation of participant motivation. He identifies 3 tropes: "you", "the community", and "the map" that are unpacked as mobilizing frameworks and situated understandings on the part of user-participants. Josef's influences include his own past work in public participatory GIS for underrepresented demographics, as well as feminist critiques of science and technology studies, critical GIS, socio-legal studies, and geopolitics. He continues working with OpenStreetMap data in his Ph. D. work that hopes to examine the means by which some data are privileged for collection over others, and how this might be leveraged to correct data with poor accuracy.

San Diego

  • "Ongoing training of homeland security personnel through the use of open-source, geospatial tools such as OpenStreetMap and walking papers" - Barbara W. Batterson-Rossi - 2011
    SDSU Digital Research Collection listing has link to the full PDF.

Thesis for Master of Science in Homeland Security. "Through the collaborative efforts of crowd-sourced, publically available data to OpenStreetMap and Walking Papers, first responders in both governmental and community- based agencies are able to obtain real or near-real time data specific to their needs"

  • "Design of a new GIS for ADAS oriented applications" Samer Ammoun, Fawzi Nashashibi, Alexandre Brageton - 2010 - [188]
    IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium, San Diego, CA, USA

See also