[OSM-talk] POI layer for Tiles at home

Maarten Deen mdeen at xs4all.nl
Tue Dec 9 10:51:29 GMT 2008

> On Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 2:29 PM, Simon Ward <simon at bleah.co.uk> wrote:
> > or a layer that allows you to select what POIs to display (although a
> > long list of POIs might be a little unwieldy).
> This map already exists:
> http://www.lenz-online.de/cgi-bin/osm/osmpoinit.pl/

That solution is painfully slow and appears to be very awkward. In
Firefox, it reloads, displays, reloads, displays, etc... and seems
to do that for every single POI it finds. That can never be a
viable solution.

I was looking at the same for one of my other hobbies too and used
the OpenLayers POI example that's in the wiki at
I used that to create a map with all banks and ATMs in the
Netherlands <http://www.maasluip.nl/ebt/openlayer.html>
That works for me in Firefox, but it works less good in IE7 and quite
poorly in IE6. Apparently IE has a problem with the number of POIs
in the map (some 1200). As the list is currently fixed this is also
not a viable solution for the general public.

What you would want to make is a database backend (which can be the
OSM database but can also be a dedicated one) and an OpenLayers
solution that can display POIs on demand.
The selection of POIs can be something like the map at lenz-online
de, or you can make something that is more grouped per type of POI.

That way you do a select on the database with with the boundingbox
of the map and the selection of POIs you like and that returns all
POIs you want, and displays them on the map.
The database query thing is easy, and the displaying thing should
also be possible with OpenLayers. I think the OSM Inspector
<http://tools.geofabrik.de/osmi/> does something like that.


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