[Talk-GB] The OSM UK map

Dave F davefoxfac63 at btinternet.com
Thu Nov 2 13:02:13 UTC 2017

On 30/10/2017 17:34, Andy Townsend wrote:
> On 30/10/2017 08:58, Nick Whitelegg wrote:
>> As you may know, the plan is to produce a UK specific OSM mapping 
>> site. A start on this has been made here:
>> http://www.free-map.org.uk/osmuk/
>> using a fork of SomeoneElse (Andy)'s cartography with one very minor 
>> tweak so far, namely footpaths and bridleways are rendered in a style 
>> similar to Landranger maps.
> Glad to be of service :)
> There are a couple of other tweaks you'd probably want to do:
> o One is to reinstate cycleways as "a thing".
> o Another is railways - I'm guessing you'd want to remove the 
> rendering of dismantled railways, and also possibly abandoned ones, 

I agree with removing all of the above, except where they're co-tagged 
with objects which still exist ie disused bridges:

> but I'd suggest keeping proposed ones so that people can see where HS2 
> is going(!) (as an example, 
> https://map.atownsend.org.uk/maps/map/map.html#zoom=15&lat=53.11419&lon=-1.31171 
> shows all three types).

Personally I don't add proposed items & they seem to rarely come to 
fruition & often fail to be removed.

Other items:

It's great pedestrian crossings are rendered, but the icon gets 
swallowed by the road way.

Could the text size in the legend be increased?

A link to the main site at the same location so the notes & queries 
features (right hand side) can be easily accessed.


> o If you want to do "Welsh Language first in Wales" as described in 
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/SomeoneElse/diary/42069 I can make 
> the load scripts available for that.  It's pretty much what's in the 
> diary entry but is a runnable script.
>> In terms of server space, we did have a server available to us for 
>> development purposes (provided by Birmingham in Real Time) however 
>> this will be unavailable for a month or two; however our contact 
>> there is going to recommend some cheap hosting options.
> For info, the map.atownsend.org.uk site (which covers the UK and 
> Ireland) currently fits nicely on a 4Gb memory / 100Gb SSD disk server 
> at Hetzner; at <£15 per month you could probably short-term fund it 
> with a whip-round in a pub.  I'm sure that the other competing options 
> - OVH et al - are similar; for the size of server I wanted for the UK 
> Hetzner made sense for me at the beginning of the year; slightly 
> larger or smaller on any spec parameter and something else might have 
> been better.
> Best Regards,
> Andy
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