Adapting OSM-3D to the Mobile World: Challenges and Potentials

  • Ming Li
  • Marcus Goetz
  • Hongchao Fan
  • Alexander Zipf
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


Location-Based-Services (LBS), such as route planning or Point-of-Interest (POI) search are well-known and their consumption is quite common on personal computers. Simultaneously, mobile devices, such as tablets or smart phones, penetrate the market and offer great potentials for sophisticated and advanced LBS. Based on the open and free OSM data, the current project OSM-3D has already demonstrated that such data can be perfectly used for the generation of a 3D virtual globe and for the provision of various 3D-LBS. Trying to merge the phenomenon of 3D-VGI with the increasingly available mobile devices, the here conducted work discusses potentials and challenges arising from a mobile OSM-3D application, and divides the challenges into platform adaptation, physical adaptation and scenario adaptation. For platform adaptation, this chapter selects one very promising technology for adapting OSM-3D to mobile devices by critically evaluating different technologies for the aimed work. For physical adaptation, the here conducted work discusses ideas for fast and apprehensible rendering of 3D objects on mobile devices. Since a good knowledge of context is essential for both physical adaptation and scenario adaptation, the presented framework also incorporates a tailored analysis of the mobile using context of OSM-3D. Thereby, this chapter provides a comprehensive framework and proposal towards a context-aware OSM-3D mobile application.


3D geodata Crowdsourced geodata Mobile applications LBS OpenStreetMap Volunteered geographic information Adaptation Context-awareness 



The authors of this chapter would like to express their thankfulness to the anonymous reviewers. By providing their valuable comments on this chapter they contributed towards the improvement of our work. Furthermore we would like to thank all the members of our group for their proofreading and comments. This work has been partially supported by the Klaus Tschira Foundation (KTS).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ming Li
    • 1
  • Marcus Goetz
    • 1
  • Hongchao Fan
    • 1
  • Alexander Zipf
    • 1
  1. 1.Chair of GIScience, Department of GeographyUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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