[OSM-dev] Generalisation

Marco Boeringa marco at boeringa.demon.nl
Wed May 2 22:05:32 UTC 2018

Hi Tomas,

You do realize the 1-2 years is well after the 2013 date that the Dutch 
Kadastre started to publish their work?

As to Lithuania, I can't speak for your country, but your Swedish Baltic 
brethren actually adopted the Dutch Kadaster's approach, including the 
developed models through a cooperation agreement:


Maybe your Lithuanian cadastre looked over the shoulders of the Sweeds? 
At the very least, they may have gotten a little inspiration... ;-), 
although they may well have developed this entirely on their own using 
the same ESRI tools. For sure, the Dutch Kadaster seems to have been 
very open about their specific development work in an international 


Op 2-5-2018 om 22:24 schreef Tomas Straupis:
>> However, as to interesting stuff to read: our national Kadaster of the
>> Netherlands, is actually the very first and only national mapping
>> organization world wide, that has successfully managed to implement a fully
>> automated generalization work flow for generating 1:50k maps from 1:10k
>> maps, including landuses, waterways, highways, but also generalizing
>> build-up areas and buildings. They used a range of cartographic
>> generalization tools from ArcGIS (that I didn't use...).
>    Congratulations to national Kadaster, but I'm not sure you're
> correct about "first and only". Our local (Lithuanian) land agency (or
> to be more specific gis-centras) has completed automated
> generalisation 1-2 years ago (using esri tools as well). As far as I
> know fully automated and done in ~day.
>    Most GIS people use a work by Sandro Savino "A solution to the
> problem of the generalization of the Italian geographical databases
> from large to medium scale: approach definition, process design and
> operators implementation". Author claims to have completed automated
> generalisation for Italy and it dates to 2011. This work is very
> interesting because instead of referring to closed commercial tools it
> has a very detailed description of how to actually do this and that.
>    Also Swiss Topo is known to be doing a very high quality
> generalisation for years(?).
>    But thank you for your links, it is interesting to learn how
> different countries handle generalisation.

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