[OSM-dev] Nominatim (npi / osm)?

Toby Murray toby.murray at gmail.com
Sun Dec 18 09:23:07 GMT 2011

I am not very familiar with the internal workings of Nominatim but I
do know that it takes some very serious hardware to build a database
from the ground up using an OSM planet file. I believe this is why the
pre-indexed feature came to be. It allows you to maintain a nominatim
database without overly expensive equipment. As far as I know,
MapQuest Open is currently the only source of pre-indexed data. Have
you read their pages about it?


>From that page, there is a link to the developer guide which has
additional details. Although looking through there it seems like their
service may be broken. The last full dump is from March and the last
diff is from October...


On Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 3:31 PM, Nonmaskable Interrupt
<nmi8080 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello!
> I am doing some development and experimentation with nominatim and am
> confused by what is the best  path forward with creating/searching nominatim
> databases
> One seems to be NPI
> (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Nominatim/Structured) and the other is
> via osm2pgsql/gazetteer (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Nominatim)
> In some ways the two different software distributions referenced in those
> discussions do not seem to conflict, but in others they do -- e.g.
> conflicting documentation, database/table names, shared objects etc.  I've
> looked for an active discussion to explain the situation, but can't seem to
> find anything.
> Thanks.
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