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Republishing Open Street Map’s roads as Linked Routable Tiles

by Pieter Colpaert, Ben Abelshausen, Julián Rojas Meléndez, Harm Delva, and Ruben Verborgh

Route planning providers manually integrate different geo-spatial datasets before offering a Web service to developers, thus creating a closed world view. In contrast, combining open datasets at runtime can provide more information for user-specific route planning needs. For example, an extra dataset of bike sharing availabilities may provide more relevant information to the occasional cyclist. A strategy for automating the adoption of open geo-spatial datasets is needed to allow an ecosystem of route planners able to answer more specific and complex queries. This raises new challenges such as (i) how open geo-spatial datasets should be published on the Web to raise interoperability, and (ii) how route planners can discover and integrate relevant data for a certain query on the fly. We republished Open Street Map’s road network as “Routable Tiles” to facilitate its integration into open route planners. To achieve this, we use a Linked Data strategy and follow an approach similar to vector tiles. In a demo, we show how client-side code can automatically discover tiles and perform a shortest path algorithm. We provide four contributions: (i) we launched an open geo-spatial dataset that is available for everyone to reuse at no cost, (ii) we published a Linked Data version of the Open Street Map ontology, (iii) we introduced a hypermedia specification for vector tiles that extends the Hydra ontology, and (iv) we released the mapping scripts, demo and routing scripts as open source software.

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Published in 2019 in Proceedings of the 16th ESWC: Posters and Demos.

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@inproceedings{colpaert_eswc_demo_2019,
  author = {Colpaert, Pieter and Abelshausen, Ben and Rojas Mel\'endez, Juli\'an and Delva, Harm and Verborgh, Ruben},
  title = {{Republishing Open Street Map’s roads as Linked Routable Tiles}},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 16th ESWC: Posters and Demos},
  year = 2019,
  month = jun,
  url = {http://pieter.pm/demo-paper-routable-tiles/},
}

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P. Colpaert, B. Abelshausen, J. Rojas Meléndez, H. Delva, and R. Verborgh, “Republishing Open Street Map’s roads as Linked Routable Tiles,” in Proceedings of the 16th ESWC: Posters and Demos, 2019.
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Pieter Colpaert, Ben Abelshausen, Julián Rojas Meléndez, Harm Delva, and Ruben Verborgh. 2019. Republishing Open Street Map’s roads as Linked Routable Tiles. In Proceedings of the 16th ESWC: Posters and Demos.
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Colpaert, P., Abelshausen, B., Rojas Meléndez, J., Delva, H., Verborgh, R.: Republishing Open Street Map’s roads as Linked Routable Tiles. In: Proceedings of the 16th ESWC: Posters and Demos (2019).
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Colpaert, P., Abelshausen, B., Rojas Meléndez, J., Delva, H., & Verborgh, R. (2019). Republishing Open Street Map’s roads as Linked Routable Tiles. In Proceedings of the 16th ESWC: Posters and Demos.
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