Creating a National Highway Wall Map for Turkmenistan

Posted by apm-wa on 19 December 2018 in English (English)

The data volume for all of Turkmenistan is too large for Maperitive to handle, so I have contacted Igor Brejc, Maperitive’s creator, and he has produced, charging only his standard fee, a wall map-sized SVG image of Turkmenistan and its trunk, primary, secondary, and tertiary highways plus cities and towns. I am presently editing it with Inkscape to produce a wall map of Turkmenistan’s highways at the request of the American Embassy Ashgabat motor pool. First, a big thanks to Igor (, and second, to the OSM community that has encouraged and tutored me along the way, as well as contributed a lot of data to the Turkmenistan map. This map, when ready, will be the most up-to-date wall map of Turkmenstan’s highway network.

I have also started work on a new wall map of Ashgabat, and so have updated the Maperitive mrules file for it, which you are welcome to peruse via the OSM wiki at,_Easy_Poster_Printer_and_Microsoft_ICE/Ashgabat_city_Maperitive_style_file It is not yet a finished product. I still want it to render the airport terminals as white, and my efforts so far in that regard have led to naught. They remain brown, like other buildings.

My best wishes for the holiday season to one and all!

Comment from SunCobalt on 19 December 2018 at 08:21

if you filter the OSM data for trunk, primary, secondary, and tertiary highways plus cities and towns with tools like osmosis (search for tag-filter) or osmfilter you can probably load the result into Maperitive without any issues.

Comment from althio on 19 December 2018 at 09:22

@apm-wa You have a typo between Mapillary and Maperitive in this post.

Comment from apm-wa on 19 December 2018 at 12:36

@althio Thanks for catching that.

@SunCobalt Thanks for the tip. I have tried figuring out overpass turbo and osmosis (but not osmfilter, will have to take a look); however, the time required to master them is more than I can spare given the demands of my day job. When I retire I’ll have more time to devote to acquiring new tools :-)

Comment from rorym 🏳️‍🌈 on 19 December 2018 at 13:00

osmium is another tool that can be easier to filter files with. 😉

When you get the map(s), please take a photo and share it with us! 🙂

Comment from Warin61 on 19 December 2018 at 20:48

A local printer might like to make copies for sale? Any profits could go to a local charity…

Have a good holiday season.

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