[Talk-GB] Idea - OSMUK walkers' map application

Nick Whitelegg nick.whitelegg at solent.ac.uk
Fri Dec 4 15:40:50 UTC 2020


Just floating an idea for a possible OSMUK site, namely an OSMUK 'semi-official'  web application for walkers and hikers.

This could provide similar functionality to sites such as the Ramblers' Pathwatch (https://www.ramblers.org.uk/advice/pathwatch-report-path-features-and-problems.aspx) allowing users to report path problems as well as nice views, historical sites and so on. It could also provide info such as train or bus times (by clicking on a rail station), beers served (for a pub), routing via public transport to a given countryside location, and so on.

Reported path problems could be then made available via an API, which could be used by councils - and, given we have the council ROW data available to us via rowmaps.com  - the right of way reference could be sourced from this if it's not in OSM already.

For rendering, we could perhaps use Andy Townsend's SomeoneElse-style, maybe tweaked a little, as it appears to be the most actively maintained of all the England and Wales renderings. This could be setup on our own server, I seem to remember experimenting with this a couple of years ago when the OSMUK idea was first floated, on a server which had been loaned to the community (I need to re-check my emails, and indeed check if this server is still open for us to use!)

I've done similar things to this in the past on a small scale, e.g. Freemap (free-map.org.uk) once had the facility to add path problems, but now we have the OSMUK organisation in existence, maybe a semi-official OSMUK walkers' map with added functionality would have greater traction and it's something that could be launched as a project on GitHub?


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