[OSM-dev] OSM PBF and spatial characteristics of blocks

Paul Norman penorman at mac.com
Tue Jan 5 18:18:38 UTC 2016

On 1/5/2016 9:56 AM, Andrew Byrd wrote:
> We’ve got similar needs (storage of OSM data at planet scale, rapid 
> extraction of up-to-date, compact binary OSM data for any location) 
> and created the Vanilla Extract project to meet these needs. There’s 
> the original C version (which is fast but doesn’t do minutely updates) 
> and a newer MapDB based Java version that does minutely updates but 
> seems less performant in practice.
> You might be able to extend or borrow code from these projects to meet 
> your needs:
> https://github.com/conveyal/vanilla-extract
> https://github.com/conveyal/osm-lib/blob/master/src/main/java/com/conveyal/osmlib/VanillaExtract.java

Both of these seem to be software rather than file format definitions. I 
had a quick look around the repo, but I couldn't find a format 
definition except that for standard OSM PBF.

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