[Talk-GB] NLS OS 6in E&W in Potlatch & iD

Rob Nickerson rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com
Tue Jan 12 21:05:37 UTC 2016


Further to my email below I have spoken to the Chris at NLS about the OS
6in historic map. His response is copied below:

-- Start quote --
Unfortunately we ran out of space on our main map tile servers before
Christmas and this was one of the casualties. However, surprising as it may
sound, given the commercial encouragement to use the API, it was genuinely
an accident as I'd forgotten about the OSM use of this URL. Since the
summer we have changed to use the Tileserver URL and updated the tileset
there and so we were no longer using it.

I'll do what I can to get this re-created, although it will be a large job,
and not anytime immediate. I'm really sorry this is not a great answer, but
its not gone for good, I do promise.
-- End quote --

The commercial use Chris refers to is the subscription API and relates to
the Tileserver URL. The NLS currently has a problem in sustaining free
services, and the Subscription API is an attempt to try to cover costs for
more intensive users of particular layers. The NLS don’t want to  encourage
OSMers to use the layer like this so I will not be updating the wiki with
this URL.

Sorry this is not the news you were after. We will just have to wait until
they can get it re-created. The positive take-away is how popular the NLS
digitisation process/outputs are! :-)


On 31 December 2015 at 12:36, Rob Nickerson <rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com>

> All,
> The url's on the OSM wiki page for NLS should all work but are only for
> use in OpenStreetMap/OpenHistoricalMap. The NLS have a lot of companies
> free-riding on their tile server and have now got the the point where there
> need to implement a subscription API in order to support the costs. For
> OSM/OHM we can use anything on the wiki. For others there is the free API
> and the subscription API.
> Please try to only keep the urls in one place (the wiki) so that this
> messaging is always clear to anyone who comes across the urls.
> The wiki: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/National_Library_of_Scotland
> If any of the urls are not correct give me a shout an I will update the
> wiki and raise a pull request for potlatch/id imagery layers. The latest
> pull request was merge 11 November:
> https://github.com/osmlab/editor-imagery-index/pull/109
> Best,
> *Rob*
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