[OSM-talk] Creating custom OSM sites using the Mapnik OSM plugin?

Joseph Reeves iknowjoseph at gmail.com
Mon Feb 22 16:04:52 GMT 2010

Hi Nick,

I would be very interested in such an application, especially for
generating custom tiles from an OSM file for use on mobile devices.

Cheers, Joseph

On 22 February 2010 12:43, Nick Whitelegg <Nick.Whitelegg at solent.ac.uk> wrote:
> 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.
> Nick
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