[OSM-dev] Release candidate for OSM binary format is in osmosis trunk.
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Wed Sep 22 14:44:47 BST 2010
Am 22.09.2010 15:23, schrieb Grant Slater:
> I quite like the .osm.bz2 format. I don't see it being kicked off
> http://planet.osm.org anytime soon. Parallel distribution is an
Yes it hast definitive advantages as a primary data source. The biggest
one that I can see is, that it is easily readable without any special
The bzip2 source is well known and very well distributed. There are
million of sources on the web and in books where one can get information
on how to decompress the format.
The XML underneath can be read as plain text and is very readable. Even
without a full blown xml parser it is possible to parse the information
out of it.
In contrast the osm protobuf format needs special knowledge about the
format and special Sourcecode to read it. If the Nuclear Winter comes
and the internet breaks down, I still can parse the planet.osm.bz2 with
a book of bip2 source and some hacking but I will have a lot more work
to do in order to read a planet.osm.pbf.
Also it would be somehow odd to have the planet in pbf and the changes
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