[OSM-talk] Mapnik Lowzoom TIles - proof of concept

Joseph Reeves iknowjoseph at gmail.com
Mon Jul 1 20:32:56 UTC 2013

Hi Frederik,

I really liked this when I saw it last year; am pleased to see it back on
the mailing list!

To be honest, I prefer the last year's version, but only because of one
feature: country borders. I often use the MapQuest Open tiles, for example,
at low zooms because they show borders much more clearly than the standard
Mapnik tiles do. Likewise, last year's low zoom tiles are easier to
understand when it comes to borders (and is therefore more useful to people
looking to identify the general location of an entire country, something
OSM isn't the best resource for).

Would love to see this on osm.org! I think it would also be a requirement
for an open replacement to Google Earth (I know Marble from the KDE project
does this, but I think it could do it much better).

Cheers, Joseph

On 1 July 2013 21:08, Bryce Nesbitt <bryce2 at obviously.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Jun 29, 2013 at 4:32 PM, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org>wrote:
>> On 12.03.2012 08:56, Frederik Ramm wrote:
>>> There's nothing keeping one from applying the Tiles at Home lowzoom proces
>>> http://fred.dev.openstreetmap.**org/lowzoom/<http://fred.dev.openstreetmap.org/lowzoom/>
> Nice.
> Those strike a pretty reasonable balance between seeing activity and
> clutter.  They give a nice sense
> of human activity across the planet.  Only the ferry routes seemed odd: in
> some cases they are
> prominent enough to look a bit like landform outlines or rendering
> mistakes.
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> For the opposite end of the spectrum ("high zoom") I'd love to fill in
> blank areas of the map
> with whatever meager data is available:
> https://github.com/mapnik/mapnik/issues/1906
> Here the goal is to show more of the features when zoomed into a sparse
> area.  In the extreme example,
> show the only oasis in the middle of an otherwise featureless desert tile
> :-).
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