Spatial Collaboration Networks of OpenStreetMap

  • Klaus Stein
  • Dominik Kremer
  • Christoph Schlieder
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


The interaction of the editing operations from different OpenStreetMap (OSM) contributors provides valuable information on collaboration patterns. This chapter describes a new type of spatial collaboration network which can be extracted from OSM edit history data. Drawing from current literature in the field of Social Network Analysis different concepts of collaboration are discussed. It is shown how to apply the measurement of interlocking responses known from research on non-spatial collaboration in wikis to collaboration in OSM. The advantages of the approach are demonstrated by an analysis of collaboration on OSM sample data.


OSM User contribution User collaboration Social network analysis Interlocking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Klaus Stein
    • 1
  • Dominik Kremer
    • 1
  • Christoph Schlieder
    • 1
  1. 1.Chair of Computing in the Cultural SciencesUniversity of BambergBambergGermany

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