[Talk-us] County Road Tiles

Jack Burke burkejf3 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 11 22:44:01 UTC 2016

"Open to the public" is not the same thing as free from copyright restrictions....


On February 11, 2016 1:46:53 PM EST, Clifford Snow <clifford at snowandsnow.us> wrote:
>Sixty percent of Washington State counties have open data portals with
>data. Washington State laws (Open Records Act) requires that this data
>open to the public. Road data from most of the counties seem to be much
>more current than TIGER data.  I've been creating background tiles for
>nearby counties but I would like to find a way to share the information
>with others. Since tiles use a lot of disk space, I've been looking for
>solution other than using my laptop. One promising solution is Mapbox
>Studio's vector tile service. Unfortunately the ability to provide
>background tiles is not yet available. If anyone from Mapbox has an
>on when, I would be interested in hearing from you.
>My questions to the community are:
>  * Is it valuable to have county tiles available as backgrounds in our
>      * Counties use all sorts of formats for name and road
>classifications. Should we produce generalized background or a detailed
>background with different colors and line type with a key? The key
>have to be on the wiki as far as I know.
>      * The data is usually updated monthly. How often should we try to
>update the tiles?
>      * Is there a good cost effective solution to serve these tiles?
>   * If the solution is to use a cloud based service, is the US Chapter
>willing to pay for the service?
>Washington State is the only state with counties providing open data.
>this works for Washington, it could work for others. If this approach
>adopted, a scaleable solution will be required.
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