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Reviewing Pokemon Go mapping features

Posted by manoharuss on 4 May 2017 in English (English)

During recent months, we have seen a lot of new user activity and pokemon targeted feature mapping on OSM. This correlated with observed/assumed association of pokemon spawn points with OSM features by PokemonGo players.

From my observations on reviewing changesets, some features are mapped very specifically for specific pokemons. Some of these features are parks, meadows, waterbodies, gardens, protected area’s, village_green’s, natural reserves, golf courses, cemeteries and forests .

So I made these comparators in OSMCha that flag a new user’s(<=10 changesets) changeset if one of these features have been added brand new(Version 1).

1. Park features added by new users

  • This reason flags a changeset if there is a creation of these features in it
  • recreation_ground, village_green, park, nature_reserve, protected_area, national_park, garden

2. Waterbodies added by new users

  • This reason flags a changeset if there is a creation of these features in it
  • natural=water, water=, landuse = pond or reservoir, waterway=

3. Pokemon nest features added by new users

  • This reason flags a changeset if there is a creation of these features in it
  • recreation_ground, park, pitch, playground, golf_course, meadow, grass, cemetery, grass, forest

One can combine reasons in OSMCha and look at changesets now, add bboxes to specific areas and share permalinks. Ex: All pokemon based reasons in Germany.

From our experience validating, a lot of this mapping is really good and rarely do we find any suspicious edits. Let us know if you find these useful or if I need to tweak them based on changing Pokemon trend.

Screenshots of some really interesting mapping activity I have come across

Changeset: https://osmcha.mapbox.com/48145207/

Changeset: https://osmcha.mapbox.com/48323895/

changesets

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