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Atlas Urbano Py (AUPy)

About Atlas Urbano

Atlas Urbano Py (AUPy) is an initiative of the Centro de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación (CIDi) of the Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Arte (FADA) de la Universidad Nacional de Asunción (UNA), which seeks to address the insufficiency of geospatial data that characterizes Paraguay. It represents the continuity of two previous projects, "Infraestructura y Transformaciones Territoriales en Paraguay" (60PY14) and "Mapeo de Paraguay con Openstreetmap" ( MapPyOSM ).

AUPy aims to develop a working method that can be replicated and applied to different municipalities. Based on the three base layers created with the MapPyOSM Project (building, vegetation and water), it aims to deepen existing information and generate accurate, detailed and updated data on land use. The implemented methodology is based on the use of Mapillary , an open collaboration service to collect and process urban photographs, and others open source tools such as the OpenStreetMap and QGIS projects to carry out mapping and cartographic production processes. The project is currently in its initial stage, in which it was decided to start the study of the functional urban-territorial region included in the corridor of the National Route PY02 from Asunción to Ciudad del Este.

It is hoped that AUPy can become a tool that provides relevant information that will allow evidence of changes in the territory and support the planning and development processes of evidence-based territorial policies. This constitutes a relevant contribution to the advancement of urban culture in Paraguay, and other countries of South America that lack basic cartographic information, and for which it is important to develop methodologies based on the use of Open Source Software.


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Tags - Atlas Urbano Py (AUPy)

It is proposed to use general labels that cover the classifications that we consider in these four categories:

  1. Residences
  2. Shops
  3. Mixed Uses
  4. Services

We observe that, with these four general categories, we can classify the totality of buildings built in our cities.

In Openstreetmap there are labels with use validated by the international community, such as building = residential and building = commercial; which are among the most popular building labels internationally, to categorize buildings with residential and commercial use respectively. However, there is no consensus within the OSM community on how to label buildings with more than one use, that is, at a general level, nor does it exist for buildings that house activities intended to provide services. Therefore, the AUpy project proposes the generation of two values ​​for the “building” label, values ​​for the cases of Mixed Use buildings and those that respond to Service activities.

Continuing with the progressive complexity model (from general to particular) that we adopt as a method of advancement within the project, we understand that it would be feasible for these two labels to be implemented to respond to the same concept as the labels previously mentioned as valid until now.

The generation of the following labels is proposed:

  1. building = service_general
  2. building = mixed_use

The proposal would generate these labels for general use:

  1. building = residential
  2. building = commercial
  3. building = service_general
  4. building = mixed_use

The current definitions quoted below were taken into account for this proposal:

Wiki OSM definition

  1. Residential Buildings: building = residential This is a general label to designate a building used primarily for residential purposes. Where additional details are available, it is possible to use 'apartments', 'terrace', 'house', 'separate' or 'townhouse'.
  2. Commercial Buildings: building = commercial A building where non-specific commercial activities take place, not necessarily an office building. Consider tagging the surrounding area using landuse = commercial use. If the building consists mainly of stores, you must use building = retail.
  3. General Services Buildings: building = general_services The use of this label is proposed to generally designate urban services and facilities. Buildings that house activities intended to provide services. Educational buildings, health posts, public buildings, etc. are included in this category.
  4. Mixed Use Buildings: building = mixed_use Building that houses two or more uses. AuPy proposes the use of this label to designate buildings in which there are two or more uses. Because, currently, there is no predefined value or label validated by the OSM community internationally.

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Fecha Evento
14/11/2019 State of the Map Latam 2019 -