OpenStreetMap POI finder

Posted by ruthmaben on 1 February 2016 in English (English)

We recently built this new tool which shows all amenities in a given area or between two points by dynamically spooling amenities using the overpass API. During the initial stage of the project, my initial though was just to have a POI map for Bengaluru but, we landed up building a map which shows POI's around the world.

Check this out - POI finder using OpenStreetMap data, it's a great outcome!


Map Features:
  1. Find POIs within a radius of 1km for any point on the map.
  2. Highlights all POIs within a radius of 1km for a route between any two points on the map.
  3. Filter POIs based on type.
  4. Using the Geocoding API, you can go to any place in the world and place a marker and it generates a buffer between the points.



We continue to think on ways to develop and improve this map. Thank you for reading!

Comment from PlaneMad on 1 February 2016 at 09:23

This is such a great application of OSM data! Have on quite a few occasions been in situations where I wanted to quickly find an ATM on the way, but had no way to do so, till now :)

Tried it out and works great for my area. It would be nice if I had the option to control the buffer size and limit the radius of search results. Could you share the link to the repository? Might try doing this over the weekend.

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Comment from ruthmaben on 2 February 2016 at 04:06

Sharing the link to the repository -

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Comment from stephan75 on 2 February 2016 at 15:42

After some playing around:

Does this service also display POI elements that are mapped as a WAY element?

Because restaurants for example in my area are only displayed when maped as single node.

Can anyone confirm?

PS: and what about a feature to "blank" the page so that no route, buffer and POIs are displayed and you can start a new query?

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Comment from ruthmaben on 8 February 2016 at 10:18

It displays only the POI elements marked as nodes and not the 'way' elements. With regards to the "blank" feature you mentioned, we are looking forward to further improving this map but, do feel free to play around with the options. Here is the link to the repository -

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Comment from malenki on 8 February 2016 at 22:37

Well, in Chromium and Firefox the layer button on the top right just minimizes when I try to look for POI. IMHO it would be better to have a responsive search filed instead of a long category list to click around.
And that it only works for POI on nodes not ways is a serious drawback.

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Comment from malenki on 8 February 2016 at 22:43

Sorry if I didn't say it clear: I don't get to see a single POI because I cannot select any category. The site looks like this when I try to do that:

Additionally: A permalink would be nice, too. At the moment I have to scroll&zoom to my region each time I open the site.

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