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Micro mapping

Posted by TuanIfan on 9 June 2019 in English (English).

Micro mapping brings a lot of fun. After hours and hours tracing roads and analysing surveys for shops and services, one can relax about by micro-mapping. How can we do it? - micro Mapping can be done by beautifying the maps. This includes adding more “colours” into the maps, by enriching it with nature. - add more parks, nature reserves, rivers and trees into it. - Be creative: add more types of items (as many of possible), and arrange them in the same way as they look like in reality. For example, when drawing a park, make sure lawns and trees are visible. For footpaths, instead of drawing a red-dotted line (highway=footway), draw each of them as highway=pedestrian with area=yes. - Use relations to show items that lie within other items.

In the sample below, I have mapped the park areas surrounding the statue of President Ho Chi Minh in Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. This park has been re-designed in 2015 after the establishment of the Nguyen Hue Square.

Link: https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/10.77590/106.70192

Before mapping Before micro-mapping

After micro-mapping After micro-mapping

Location: District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, 700900, Vietnam

Comment from Warin61 on 9 June 2019 at 10:23

Caution. Some routers don’t recognize the area tag for pedestrians, so you still need the highway=path/footway for the routers. So it is not all about how it looks .. in one render.

I’d try to do the larger parks first as these contain the most items, things like botanical gardens, zoos.

Comment from TuanIfan on 9 June 2019 at 10:53

Thanks Warin. I’ll tag the footways accordingly. Places with limited areas for footpaths like parks or zoos are easy for micro-mapping. Other places such as city squares are really hard, unless I keep them for display only.

Comment from Rovastar on 9 June 2019 at 20:01

Rotters do understand Tag:highway=pedestrian (as pointed out it was s the area that has issues) Generally I just remap ways as highway=pedestrian on top of the area mapped. I find it incorrect to do highway, = footway there.


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