[OSM-dev] Simpler binary OSM formats
Bernhard R. Fischer
bf at abenteuerland.at
Thu Apr 30 09:00:06 UTC 2015
On Wednesday 29 April 2015 01:35:29 andrew byrd wrote:
> Hello OSM developers,
> Over the last few years I have worked on several pieces of software that
> consume and produce the PBF format. I have always appreciated the
> advantages of PBF over XML for our use cases, but over time it became
> apparent to me that PBF is significantly more complex than would be
> necessary to meet its objectives of speed and compactness.
> Based on my observations about the effectiveness of various techniques
> used in PBF and other formats, I devised an alternative OSM
> representation that is consistently about 8% smaller than PBF but
> substantially simpler to encode and decode. This work is presented in an
> article at http://conveyal.com/blog/2015/04/27/osm-formats/. I welcome
> any comments you may have on this article or on the potential for a
> shift to simpler binary OSM formats.
> Regards, Andrew Byrd
I highly appreciate your new format!
Since years I'm working on software which deals with large OSM data sets and I
made the same observations. But PBF seems too overhelming and accepted without
ever being questioned.
If there will be some consensus on your format I'll implement it into my
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