[HOT] "OpenUnpavedStreetMap", "South continents", Colombia, soon Philippines
jamesmikedupont at googlemail.com
Wed Dec 21 18:12:10 GMT 2011
That is a great idea,
well kosovo and albania has its own share of unpaved roads as well...
On Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 4:11 PM, Jean-Guilhem Cailton <jgc at arkemie.com> wrote:
> Knowing whether a road is paved or not is an important information for a
> driver, especially in countries where many roads are unpaved. This
> information can be entered in the OSM database with the surface tag ,
> but it is not currently rendered in the main maps available on osm.org
> . Seeing it rendered on a map would likely be an incentive for
> mappers to use it, especially beginners.
> A map with a rendering for this, OpenUnpavedStreetMap, is now available
> for Africa, Central and South America, Australia-Oceania (according to
> Geofabrik's definition, which includes Indonesia and Malaysia), and soon
> several Asian countries, including the Philippines (actually the
> countries available as extracts from GeoFabrik, China, India, Pakistan,
> Vietnam, etc.except Japan - considering dataset size). Surfaces tagged
> as "compacted", "gravel", "sand", "dirt", "earth", "ground", "grass",
> "mud"... are also considered as "unpaved", following the wiki page.
> Examples from areas that may be of interest on this list:
> - Port-au-Prince, Haiti:
> - Kigali, Rwanda:
> - one of the examples given by Douglas, in Kampala, Uganda:
> - A page for Colombia, with markers for the GeoRSS feed from la Sala de
> Situación Humanitaria Colombia:
> Following Humberto's suggestion, flood_prone areas are also rendered
> ("flood_prone=yes" or "flood_prone=label"):
> Following a suggestion from Federico, and a need that had also appeared
> for Haiti, next step should be rendering of POIs relevant for
> emergencies, such as health facilities, at lower zoom levels.
> The global URL is:
> OSM.org Mapnik layer is in the menu for easy comparison on the current
> area. A "hybrid map for mappers" - and for soon-to-be mappers who can
> see what might be missing on the map ;) - is available by overlaying a
> transparent version of OpenUnpavedStreetMap with Bing aerial imagery.
> Google satellite imagery is also available as a reminder, by comparing
> imageries location, that it is often advised to adjust Bing offset
> before tracing.
> The database is updated at least daily, and minutely for the next days,
> after the new coverage will have been imported.
> Tiles are available from
> The current bandwidth is limited, but if you are interested, let me know.
> Let me know what you think, and if there are features that would be
> interesting for a custom rendering.
> Best wishes,
>  https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:surface
>  http://trac.openstreetmap.org/ticket/1447
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James Michael DuPont
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