[OSM-talk] Playing tagging democracy: standard building process and tag unifying towards it

Milo van der Linden milo at dogodigi.net
Tue Feb 2 22:13:51 GMT 2010


You made an excellent statement I completely agree with! For a lot of 
us, the fun comes in when you can take this pile of beautiful and divers 
geodata and create your own map styles. You can even create maps of 
specific objects and types.


Consider looking at the beatiful maps that you can style too at 
http://maps.cloudmade.com/ they give an excellent example of what could 
be done with maps if you put some effort in it.

Good luck and as a newcomer, have fun in the openstreetmap community!

Claudius wrote:
> Am 02.02.2010 22:24, Jochen Plumeyer:
>> Hello everyone,
>> I am new to the OSM community, sorry if my suggestions are totally naïve.
>> Fact: The collective end product is rendered somehow, and the renderer
>> stylesheets decide, how to interprete tags.
>> So it seems to me, that creating 2 things is necessary:
>> 1.: We need a process of negotiation about tag rendering standards. (i.e.,
>> between the people who write the Mapnik stylesheet and the others who want to
>> see their tags rendered in a certain way).
> Just a sidenote: Although it seems to be the showcase of OSM the mapnik 
> rendering at www.openstreetmap.org is *NOT* what OSM is about. OSM is 
> first of all a database and the mapnik rendering at OSM.org is just one 
> tiny graphical representation of it's content. IMHO the current 
> stylesheet is doing very well in being rather minimalistic when it comes 
> to rendering stuff. There are dedicated renderers for other 
> representations of the data in the database (Cyclemap, OSMC Reit- und 
> Wanderkarte, OpenLinkMap, OpenSeaMap and so on).
> Rather than trying to influence the work of the one guy doing Mapnik we 
> should put more effort in getting this message out, especially to 
> newcomers in our project. The best would be by removing the map from 
> www.openstreetmap.org but rather put an introduction up there and then 
> linking to viewing different renderings and the editing. If newcomers 
> get the idea that they can tag (almost) everything and put it into the 
> database, then the project's idea has won.
> Claudius
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