How to find the Lenin’s Square

How to find the Lenin’s Square

Organisation: (Ukraine)

Publication Date: 04/04/2016


This application is about the overcoming consequences of soviet past and its symbols that are still present in all the spheres of social life of Ukrainians. Even after 24 years of independence Ukraine has dozens of Soviet-era monuments, buildings, public holidays, etc. So, we’ve conducted the research on soviet-named streets. The answer we got was shocking: one quarter of Ukrainian streets have Soviet names. Also we’ve looked on how the share of soviet-named streets is changing from the West to the East of Ukraine. Finally, we’ve compared the share of streets with Soviet names in Ukraine and selected four ex-USSR countries, namely Russia, Belarus, Latvia and Lithuania.

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

As far as we know this is a first qualitative research about presence of soviet symbols in one of the most frequently used form of information - street names, depicted on maps. We believe that symbols matter. The aim of this application is to spread the idea of new future of Ukraine without the symbols of totalitarian empire.

Technologies used for this project:

We have worked with Open Street Map data. After data processing and populating a PostGIS table, we have compiled a sample list of the most popular streets with Soviet names. In the next step, we’ve searched the matches between the streets data from OSM map of Ukraine and our list with a help of scripts written in Ruby. Thus, all street names present in OSM were analyzed with QGIS and maps were created for five largest Ukrainian cities with a help of d3.js javascript library
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