[OSM-talk] NLMaps: Query OSM in English (Also: Looking for participants in a paid annotation project)
gorgor at gorgor.de
Sat Mar 27 18:44:50 UTC 2021
In the course of my Master’s thesis at Heidelberg University, I am
building an English Language Interface for OpenStreetMap, which you can
see in action currently at https://nlmaps.gorgor.de/
The interface allows asking questions like:
* Is there any café in walking distance of Heiliggeistkirche in Heidelberg?
* How many playgrounds does Oxford have?
* What is the closest drinking water fountain from Musée du Louvre in Paris?
* Tell me the distance between Kremlin in Moscow and the Houses of Parliament in London!
It translates the queries into an intermediate representation using a
character-based RNN and retrieves the answer via queries to Overpass and
I’d be interested to hear what you think about it! So I hope it’s
alright that I am posting this here.
Also, I need to get more queries to train the system. If you are
interested to help with that, take a look at the attachted job posting.
You will get 150 € for 400 queries, which should be doable within 10
hours. If you’re not from a country with Euro, I’m sure we will find a
Another note: Especially in light of the recent discussion about more
inclusiveness in the OSM community, I know it’s not optimal that the
interface is only in English. If there is any sustained interest in it,
I’m happy working together with people to support other languages, as
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