[OSM-dev] API search / filters and large areas

Sebastian Spaeth Sebastian at SSpaeth.de
Sun Jun 17 11:01:12 BST 2007


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mike wrote:
> What I think would be usefull would be to search within a bounding box,
> and (for larger areas) to filter the response to limit the number of
> nodes and ways returned whilst retaining a sensible overview of the
> data.  For example, searching highways / cycleways in the UK would
> return the magor routes across the country, but not the thousands of
> minor roads.  Similarly, return only every 10th node (for example) on a
> long way, depending on the size of the box requested.  Is there any
> current function or proposal to do this?

I guess for data intensive things like this the planet.osm has been
invented which you can parse locally as much as you want to without
straining the API server.

That having said, I don't know whether search is broken or just has
never been implemented...

spaetz
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