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Story about the impact of Niantic Pokemon Go App in game map Switch to OpenStreetMap from Google Maps, the community is hugely effect. The OpenStreetMap Community has to deal with some mappers with bad intent. For the player who is mapping correctly, it seems Pokemon Go attract a new wave of mappers to the OpenStreetMap community.
Hello I‘m Dennis Chen from Taiwan. So glad to be here again at the State of the Map Asia conference. Pokemon Go is very popular game worldwide. Why it is relate to OpenStreetMap. I’ll tell the story about it.
My OSM ID is Supaplex. Currently working as a tech journalism. When I have spare time I contribute to OpenStreetMap, using QA tools to make sure things mapped in Taiwan go well. I’m also a Wikipedian. Beside map in front of computer or go outside survay, I also hold a monthly Meetup In Taipei.
Currently I am the third place on the contributors list in Taiwan. You could see my mapping footprint mainly on the Taiwan island. And sometimes I map around East Asia.
Taiwan community works with hiking community. In Taiwan there is a huge hiking community, some of the hiker will help to map OpenStreetMap due to no public map of hiking, and low support of commercial map. A hiker in Taiwan combined OSM data with government open data DEM, release data combined and style call Rudy Map.
A research organization NIHC hosts a tile server for the OpenStreetMap project
OpenStreetMap community relationship with Open Source Community is quite good in Taiwan. We have good impression on one of the biggest Open Source conference COSCUP.
Now the main topic, we all saw the post on OpenStreetMap blog, relate to this, or Pokemon n the virtual AR world. That is Pokemon Go.
Recently the company behind Pokemon Go, Niantic, hold a event with Taiwan local government. And it is a great success.
Tainan Safari attract Taiwanese to the Southern part of Taiwan, and even people around the world.
It all startedin 2016, someone find out the co-relation of OSM and Pokemon Go. In Pokemon Go, Spawn rate will determine how often will monster appear. And monsters type depend on the environment, which seems corelate with OSM data. We could see water type monsters will appear river, cannel or pond, and in OSM it is also river, cannel or pond In game map still use Google Maps Data
Here is the list some players write down,which natural or landuse will effect the swamp and Ex-raid rate.
Shiph Road board on Reddit, there are many post analysis the relationship between Pokemon Go and OpenStreetMap.
Then around Noverber, 2017, Niantic did some rapid change. They switch to OpenStreetMap from Google Maps, effecting the in app map. Due to lack of active community, some area just has basic road network, the game experience is not good. Some Taiwanese play complain the area the play the game has no buildings There are some area with no tile, due to there are military area in the area.
Example of broken tiles that shows they are near military landuse
If you are near the water, water type monsters will appeear more frequently.
In January 2018, the in game map change again, the second time after switch to OpenStreetMap. There is just an in game map change, does not effect spawn rate This time no broken tiles
After every players knows the relationship between Pokemon Go and OpenStreetMap, and parks matter the most, there are a huge increase of park number around the world. In Taiwan we the community could feel new mappers are very interested in adding parks.
On one of Taiwan most popular forum PTT, Players on the Pokemon Go board post about will they contribute on OpenStreetMap after the map change.
A blog post and OSMwiki page describe how to properly edit OpenStreetMap.
There are few report about Niantic motive of switching to OSM. We could just guess what they motive. I think for company with huge traffic flow, using Google Maps have to pay a huge amount of money. We can not get when will Niantic update their in game map. We have to wait for months to make the edit effect in Pokemon Go
Park is a determine factor for Ex-raid, so some gamer will alter or add park (real one or fake one).
due to Niantic handle of area, park which was mapped as relation could not make Ex-raid possible. Some active game will change the relation to way. And then the edit war happened.
Edit war again when he can not get Ex-raid in a relation park
Here is some thought that I think Niantic switch to OSM brought to us. A positive thing is Pokemon Go use of OSM makes OSM name more wide spread. And Google Maps price raised makes company to survay other option, some will switch OSM and use OSM in some form. OSM community should be prepared for it. QA challenge, and a general goal of OSM mappers to achived, might be different than these companies goal.
Facebook made a multi-langue map by OpenStreetMap data, switched by changing the language setting.
Thank you guys for listening for Taiwan experience of Pokemom Go use of OSM. Any questions?
Pokemon go use of open streetmap state of the map asia 2018
The Tangled story of
Pokemon Go and OSM
2018 11/17 State of the Map Asia
● OSM ID: Supaplex
● Day Job: Tech Reporter
● OpenStreetMap Taipei Meetup
Hiking Map Data - Rudy Map
Interner DEM data
● Active Hiking
OpenStreetMap Cache Server
Longma in Hsinzhou
Pokemon Go relation with OSM
● In 2016, someone find out the co-relation of
OSM and Pokemon Go
● What monsters appear in Spawn determine by
environment data from OpenStreetMap (at least
is a factor)
● Ex, we have water type monster near the river
or pond, and co-relation with OSM data
● In game map still use Google Maps Data
Spawn rate for Pokomon
First In game Map update
● November, 2017
● In game map use OpenStreetMap data to render
● All players notice the difference. Some place just has
basic road network, the same in the in game map
● In Taiwan most are complain that the building data is far
less compare to previous version
● There are some broken titles that don‘t appear
● There are military landuse on the broken titles
Second Map Update
● January, 2018
● Just in game map
was change, no
spawn rate change
● Fix the broken tile
Park is added more
● Even they are close related, the map money is
● No update time is known
● Sometimes has to wait for months to make the
edit effect in Pokemon Go
The Player who could not get ex-
raid in Botanicl Garden
Because the Park is relation
● Pokemon Go uses OSM data makes OSM
● Due to Google Maps raise its price, more
company will use OSM data in some form, the
OSM community should be prepared
● QA challenge, OpenStreetMap should set a
general goal to achieved, with companies have
their own goal