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Map doesn’t contain info you need? Public POI databases may help.

18.5.2018 Locus team Blog

Modern vector maps like our LoMaps or partnering OpenAndroMaps contain lots of meta information about various POIs (points of interest). A POI is a dataset containing GPS coordinates that represents interesting and important locations in navigation applications. The most popular POI categories are for example speedcams, accommodation locations, restaurants, petrol stations, parking lots, wifi hotspots, attractions, etc. You can find out not only position of e.g. restaurants or hotels but also their contact info like telephone or website address, opening hours and other details.

All this information comes from OpenStreetMap POI database which is, however, not complete at many places and areas and still in development. Where can we get the information we need then? In other databases of POIs – there are hundreds of them, some are grouped or listed on various POI servers. Today we’ll have a look at two of them – global and Czech

Usecase 1: I’m a vegetarian traveling in Hungary and I need to know where I can eat in Budapest

  • find the right database at It contains over 7 million of POIs in 221 countries – browse categories, states or fultext search it
  • check the database on map
  • download POIs
    Best if you open the website in your mobile. By clicking a link with Locus-supported file format (KML/KMZ, GPX, OV2, UPI) Locus is called and the database is imported directly where you like:pois06
  • you may need to create a new folder for the new POIs:pois07

Usecase 2: I’m a “beer geek” traveling in Czechia and I ‘d like to know where there are local mini breweries

  • find the right database at (in Czech language only but databases are very well structured and up-to-date)
  • check the database on map
  • select Locus-supported format (KML/KMZ, GPX, OV2, UPI) and download POIs. Download is protected by “captcha” and therefore not active for direct launch of Locus import. Obviously it’s advisable to open the link in your mobile so that you don’t have to transfer the file from the PC – Locus imports the file from your mobile memory or from Dropbox and Google Drive.pois11

If you have any other tips for interesting sources of POIs, please let us know in comments!

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