Towards Vandalism Detection in OpenStreetMap Through a Data Driven Approach (Short Paper)

Authors Quy Thy Truong , Guillaume Touya , Cyril de Runz

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Quy Thy Truong
  • Univ. Paris-Est, LASTIG COGIT, IGN, ENSG, F-94160 Saint-Mande, France
Guillaume Touya
  • Univ. Paris-Est, LASTIG COGIT, IGN, ENSG, F-94160 Saint-Mande, France
Cyril de Runz
  • Modeco, CReSTIC, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, CS 30012, Reims cedex 2, France

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Quy Thy Truong, Guillaume Touya, and Cyril de Runz. Towards Vandalism Detection in OpenStreetMap Through a Data Driven Approach (Short Paper). In 10th International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2018). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 114, pp. 61:1-61:7, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)


Vandalism is a phenomenon that has affected by now the digital domain, in particular in the context of Volunteered Geographic Information projects. This paper aims at proposing a methodology to detect vandalism in the OpenStreetMap project. First, an analysis of related works sheds light on the lack of consensus when it comes to defining vandalism in VGI from both conceptual and practical points of view. Second, we present experiments on the use of clustering-based outlier detection methods to identify vandalism in OSM. The outcome of this study focuses on choosing the right variables when it comes to detecting vandalism in OSM.

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  • Human-centered computing → Collaborative content creation
  • Computing methodologies → Anomaly detection
  • Vandalism
  • Volunteered Geographic Information
  • Outlier detection


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