OpenStreetMap uses OSM

Posted by davespod on 30 January 2014 in English (English)

Muki Haklay's blog post about ( ) has prompted me to revist said ancient relic. To my surprise, one of their zoom levels now uses a map in the tradtional street atlas style, based at least partly on OSM data:

By the positioning of the labels, etc., this does not look like an automated rendering, but the work of a Proper Cartographer. I like this map style. I have always found it easier to follow on the ground than a Google-style map rendering.

(On another note, not sure the copyright statements are exactly licence compliant)

Comment from Harry Wood on 31 January 2014 at 13:48

Cool. Which bits of OSM data are they using? Can you work it out? Footpaths I guess.

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Comment from Vclaw on 31 January 2014 at 17:27

It looks like pretty much all of the map at that zoom level is from OSM. ie roads, paths, buildings, parks, forests etc. Not sure how up to date it is, it might be missing some houses I mapped a few months ago.

Yes, it does have some interesting cartography features. eg abbreviations for streetnames. It also seems to be displaying 30mph speed limits with grey roads.

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Comment from davespod on 31 January 2014 at 18:16

Looking again, I agree, OSM may be the sole data source for this zoom level. Have checked some roads where OSM disagrees with OS, and this map seems to agree with OSM.

It does indeed seem as if a 30 speed limit is represented on the map, though this seems to be done differently in rural and urban areas. Produces some odd artifacts in places, where a single cul-de-sac is the only road in an area which has not had a speed limit recorded.

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Comment from marscot on 1 February 2014 at 05:42

It does look good, I am guessing its about 6months old data.

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Comment from davespod on 2 February 2014 at 20:54

Looking at this again, I am now convinced that this map was created for paper. If you follow my link and then look at the line between the top-left grid square and the next one along to the right, you can see that labels have been crammed in each side of the line, suggesting a page break. Follow the line down, and this is repeated over and over. Does anyone know of a paper street atlas that has actually been published based on OSM?

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