[OSM-talk] Railway Data for Europe?

Peter Miller peter.miller at itoworld.com
Sat Jan 10 04:54:22 GMT 2009

On 10 Jan 2009, at 00:08, Michal Migurski wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm working on a project that involves a rail map of Europe. I'm
> curious if anyone has a sense for the overall quality of OSM's coarse,
> intercity rail coverage for Europe? Has there been any mass import of
> a single, large, free dataset that would make it possible to render a
> convincing rail network map for the whole continent at a fairly low
> resolution? (e.g. zoom level 5 or 6 in terms of tiles)

Here are some images we have created - a few of them today in response  
to your query, others in the past few weeks.

There are some places where there certainly appear to be gaps and I  
have suggested that people add notes to the images where they see  
them, or indeed possibly they should add them to OpenStreetBugs (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Openstreetbugshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/itoworld/tags/railway/ 

It would also be very interesting for someone to get hold of the  
European train timetable and do a check to see how many stations are  
missing and for how many services there are not suitable routes - This  
could probably be done by a university legally and they should be able  
to publish the resulting map without getting into licence problems -  
Possibly a company could also do that - not sure about that, but UCL  
did a comparison of OSM and OS data in the UK and determined that this  
was ok from an OS licence perspective.

It is my experience elsewhere that it is only when the quality tools  
are in place that people are able, and motivated, to do the completion  
of the dataset.



> -mike.
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> michal migurski- mike at stamen.com
>                  415.558.1610
> _______________________________________________
> talk mailing list
> talk at openstreetmap.org
> http://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/talk

More information about the talk mailing list