[OSM-dev] Ask University for support?

80n 80n80n at gmail.com
Wed May 16 14:51:24 BST 2007

Any chance of getting an account on your server?  I have a service that
provides place names for any bbox on the planet.   Its an implementation of
the API, but unlike the main server it is not limited to a small area.

There was some previous discussion about using this to help t at h rendering of
of names at low zoom levels (city, state, country, continent, ocean).
Essentially t at h would fetch a z12 bbox from the main server and then fetch a
much larger bbox from the place-name  server.  The two files can then be
combined to create a render that includes very large place names that, at
z12, would span many tiles.


On 5/10/07, Matthew Newton <matthew-osm at newtoncomputing.co.uk> wrote:
> Hi,
> On Mon, May 14, 2007 at 03:20:48PM +0200, Stefan de Konink wrote:
> > Sebastian Spaeth schreef:
> > > The IIRC channel is bursting from good suggestions on how to improve
> > > infrastructure. I wanted to ask if there's interest in getting some
> > > support from e.g. Universities to support OSM.
> >
> > Last week people of the Law department of the University of Amsterdam
> > (heavily working on GIS) were very surprised this project was completely
> > free. Might be a string to pull too.
> I've got a UML virtual machine (same idea as Bytemark but more disk/ram)
> waiting for OSM here at the University of Leicester. People were talking
> about ideas for it a few weeks ago, but things have gone quiet now, apart
> from one suggestion from 80n.
> Problem would be lack of disk space for a full tile server, but if some
> sort
> of distributed system for serving tiles could be set up, then this would
> be
> ideal (40Gb of space here, and it was a push getting that so I can't
> really
> ask for more).
> I've been using it for the last few days to play with new ideas for t at h
> backends, but if there is a good use then it's available.
> Squid proxy cache would be an easy possibility, although others have
> already
> done that. Maybe with it dangling off the Internet on a 1Gbps pipe makes
> it
> a good choice for that sort of thing, though.
> --
> Matthew
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