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

Tony Shield tonyosm9 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 10 17:36:54 UTC 2020


I like the idea.

Can it be extended to be a UK based map which is has greater prominence 
to aspects such as the recent discussion about cyclists and paths?

Does anyone have an idea of how it could be made to happen - could we 
(OSM UK) fund and maintain it with commitment for say 2 years? Using 
volunteers or donated equipment or personal funding commitments? Do we 
know the size of server required to support a given load? Can we manage 
the required operations and security?

Tony Shield - TonyS999

On 04/12/2020 15:40, Nick Whitelegg via Talk-GB wrote:
> Hi,
> 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?
> Thanks,
> Nick
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