Satellite Studio has created OpenStreetMap Haiku which uses data to create short poems about locations around the world. (Screenshot OpenStreetMap Haiku)

Designers create map that writes haikus about any location in the world

Map uses OpenStreetMap data to write short poems

A team of designers have come up with a way to make automated poetry about places in the world.

Using OpenStreetMap (OSM) data, Satellite Studio has created a haiku map that creates haikus using randomly assembled data from a specific location on the map.

“One can rather think about OSM as a gigantic database of all the things in the world,” a website post from Satellite Studio says. “In OpenStreetMap Haiku, we use that crazy amount of data by matching OSM tags with random verses.”

READ ALSO: Online map shows Canadian opinions on climate change issues

For example, when using the Black Press Media office location on Broughton Street in downtown Victoria, the map comes up with “What would the Royal Theatre Think?/ Coming hot/ The same pot of coffee.”

Another option from the same location yields “The warm belly of the bus/ What would Royal Theatre think?/ Quite chilly.”

The map takes into account weather, local time of day, transportation and even businesses and buildings nearby.

The original inspiration of the project comes from a different project called Every Thing Every Time by Naho Matsuda. In it, her work creates “impractical poetry” from data streams and sensors across a city with the result displayed in real-time in the city streets.

READ ALSO: New map a welcome addition for Victoria dog owners

“We thought that creating a global version of the same idea would be interesting, not the least because it would allow us to get our hands dirty with OpenStreetMap data,” Satellite Studio says.

To check out OpenStreetMap Haiku, head to satellitestud.io/osm-haiku/app/#14/40.7236/-73.9819.

To find your location, hit “locate me!” at the bottom left corner of the webpage.

shalu.mehta@blackpress.ca


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Saanich and Victoria agree on terms of reference to further amalgamation study

Municipalities put forward funding request to province

Tickets to watch Olympic-qualifying basketball in Victoria go on sale Friday

FIBA’s 2020 Olympic-qualifying tournament on from June 23 to June 28

Truck partially swallowed by Esquimalt sinkhole

City of Victoria crews repaired water main break, patched up hole on Tuesday

Man with debilitating injuries from 2010 Saanich arrest will get new trial

A Court of Appeals Justice made the ruling on Monday in a Vancouver courtroom

BC Transit seeks feedback for proposed route changes to Esquimalt, View Royal

Feedback can be collected through open houses, survey

VIDEO: George Jay Elementary renaming leads a selection of today’s news stories

A selection of Greater Victoria top stories for Jan. 29

POLL: Are you concerned about the coronavirus?

The coronavirus which has sparked concern around the globe has now arrived… Continue reading

Greater Victoria’s wanted list for the week of Jan. 28

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

John Horgan calls for end to ‘high-grading’ B.C. forests

Premier speaks to resource industry forum in Prince George

Police search north of Williams Lake prompts warning to residents to stay inside

Officers also warn drivers near Lynes Creek Road not to pick up pedestrians

60% of Canadian workers would take a pay cut for better mental health support: survey

Survey found 77% of workers would leave for better wellness initiatives

Runaway rail car reported on same B.C. train line as fatal 2019 derailment

CP Rail confirmed the incident happened on Jan. 14.

Police arrest Baby Bear statue thief in Island community

Suspect alleged to be responsible for other crimes in Chemainus, Nanaimo, Ladysmith and Alberta

‘Critically low’ caribou population prompts wolf cull in the Chilcotin

Itcha-Ilgachuz herd numbers down to 385, from 2,800 in 2003

Most Read