[OSM-talk] Creating custom OSM sites using the Mapnik OSM plugin?
Nick.Whitelegg at solent.ac.uk
Mon Feb 22 12:43:14 GMT 2010
Not sure if talk's the best place for this, rather than dev, but I would
guess so as it doesn't relate to OSM development itself.
Anyway, some time ago I developed the OSM plugin for Mapnik, but due to
other things haven't worked on it for a while. However I always thought
that it would be useful in allowing people to generate OSM tiles on their
own machine without the need for a PostGIS database. This has a number of
benefits: firstly, someone who wanted to create their own OSM-based site
wouldn't need to set up PostGIS, which can be a little tricky, and
secondly (and I'm finding this is becoming quite a severe problem on my
own Freemap site) the server resources required would be much less - the
server could just serve static Mapnik tiles with no need for a database at
all (though my own site still needs a database for the POIs). Users could
render on their own machine and then upload. After the initial phase a GUI
could be added to the application.
Do people think this is a good idea? It's one of several possibilities
that I'd like to work on, though I'd probably only do so if there's
sufficient interest and/or I can't resolve the memory issues on my own
site in other ways.
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