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Redundancy in Buildings

Posted by Shmias on 20 September 2014 in English (English)

I've noted that most of the complex and important buildings in Berlin are duplicated for each geometry type. For instance the Berlin TV Tower:

Berliner Fernsehturm

As you see here its a tower with a fancy building on its base. This is what it looks like in Openstreetmap:

Fernsehturm Karte

So I suppose in osm this object should be a relation with different building parts as ways.

That is so, but certain tags a duplicated through this structure.

The same applies on the nearby Saint Mary's Church relation/node,the Bodemuseum relation/way/node and several other buildings.

What do you think is the reason for that? Well, my theory is that many services can't really handle relations. Such as wheelmap and the main renderer.

Mapnik won't show any label because of a relation tagged with name. At least not for museum& place_of_worship so a visitor will assume that the name is missing and add it to the structures he can see clearly on the map. Or he'll do it intentionally for the renderer.

Should I post this as an issue?

Location: Scheunenviertel, Mitte, Berlin, 10119, Germany, European Union

Workaround: How to fix the retina problem.

Posted by Shmias on 13 August 2014 in English (English)

Are you a happy owner of a retina display? Then you might already experienced the mixed blessing of the 99% of the internet being not retina-ready. openstreetmap.org unfortunately is a part of this 99%.

openstreetmap on retina openstreetmap on retina

Here is my quick workaround for this problem:

  1. Go to openstreetmap.org
  2. Press + 0
  3. Press + - four times.

As you see the openstreetmap now looks as great as google maps or apple maps and less like bing maps.

By the way: The openstreetmap based service MapBox is offering retina tiles too.

The first thing I mapped…

Posted by Shmias on 10 August 2014 in English (English)

…is the beautiful little village in Brandenburg, Germany named Sommerfeld.

(Openstreet) Map of Sommerfeld

I eventually ran out of ideas what else to map here. Do you have any feedback?

Location: Dorfstraße, Kremmen, Landkreis Oberhavel, Brandenburg, 16766, Germany, European Union

Meanwhile at Berlin-Hauptbahnhof…

Posted by Shmias on 22 July 2014 in English (English)

I recently stumbled upon this map at Berlin-Hauptbahnhof which looked vaguely familiar to me. I couldn't tell what it was since I'm used to maps of Berlin…

Hauptbahnhof Map

But then I realised this is the map that I was working on 😉

Hauptbahnhof Map Licence

Location: Moabit, Mitte, Berlin, Germany, European Union
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