[Talk-GB] Surveying rural buildings

Nick Whitelegg nick.whitelegg at solent.ac.uk
Fri Jul 24 13:53:13 UTC 2020

Re a "UK walking style" there is Freemap, my own (long-standing) project, which has gone through a number of ups and downs (mostly due to hosting difficulties and lack of time to work on it) but has had a number of style improvements this year due to having more time than expected to work on it. It's at https://www.free-map.org.uk.

It aims to distinguish between the different types of walking routes, in particular public rights of way and permissive paths.

It doesn't use the standard Mapnik approach, but kothic.js, which is a client-side rendering library which takes GeoJSON data and MapCSS compiled into JavaScript.


From: Mark Goodge <mark at good-stuff.co.uk>
Sent: 24 July 2020 14:41
To: talk-gb at openstreetmap.org <talk-gb at openstreetmap.org>
Subject: Re: [Talk-GB] Surveying rural buildings

On 24/07/2020 13:20, Martin Wynne wrote:
>   > but most people I know aren't aware of OSM.
> I've been trying to persuade country-walking groups to use OSM. There is
> a lot of useful stuff there not shown on OS Explorer -- stiles, kissing
> gates, benches, bus stops, all pubs, cafes, etc. It's a lot more
> up-to-date, and if they find anything missing they can add it themselves
> for the benefit of others.
> Most of them go back to OS Explorer when they find UK public rights of
> way are not shown in different colours on the OSM standard map.

Yes; this is an issue specifically for map users on foot. With roads,
the question of legality is much less of an issue - almost all roads of
any significance are public highways, and those that are not are usually
clearly marked as such. But with footpaths and farm tracks in open
countryside, there is often no obvious visual distinction, and yet the
legality is a critical factor to users. This is an area in which OS maps
are much more useful to walkers.

On the other hand, one of the areas where OSM is better than OS is that
we map permissive paths, which OS tends not to unless they are big
enough to also be usable by vehicles (and even then, it doesn't have any
means of indicating permission).

This is one of the reasons why it would be nice to have a UK-specific
stylesheet for OSM. The data is there, so there's no reason why it cant
be rendered. Or, alternatively, a dedicated "outdoors" stylesheet which
focusses on hiking, biking, etc.


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