How to easily improve the quality of OpenStreetMaps

There are many ways that you can help to improve the quality of OpenStreetMap data. After familiarizing yourself with OpenStreetMap features and tags, you can use a tool such as JOSM or iD to verify and if necessary correct the features in an area which you are intimately familiar with. For example, you might initially ...

Extracting OpenStreetMap Data for Ultra Mileage

Although we supply a number of PBF extract files from the OpenStreetMap global ‘planet’ file, it is possible to create your own extracts for use with the Ultra Pre-Processor to create custom road packs. Our own extracts are created using the Osmosis command line tool. There are other feature extraction tools such as the Overpass API, ...

New Ultra Mileage News Page and Road Pack Update

We have just added a new page to the Ultra Mileage website that reports the latest Ultra Mileage News. The latest news: We have just updated all of the road packs with a modified speed profile. All highways marked as “tracks” are now set to 2 mph (~3kph).

Free mileage charts of the World 2

Our Mileage-Charts.com website has free mileage charts for cities in every country and every continent except Antarctica. Mileage charts are also provided for regions and provinces (e.g. US states and UK ‘countries’) and list distance and travel time in Excel (XLSX) workbooks. These mileage charts are computed from OpenStreetMaps data and are typically updated about ...

New theme for Mileage-Charts.com, and an office move

The responsive theme used for our Mileage-Charts.com website has been updated with something that is much more pleasing on the eyes than the earlier “yellow” theme. The plan is to roll this theme out to all of our commercial sites over the coming months. Let me know what you think. As a reminder, Mileage-Charts.com has ...

Mileage-Charts.com Relaunched

We have just relaunched the Mileage-Charts.com website. Charts have been calculated for all continents except Antarctica, at the continent, country, and first level administrative area (e.g. US states, Canadian provinces, and UK countries). The manual single-route calculator is also now operational. All of the mileage charts are now one ‘set’, making them easier to search ...

OSRM’s Lua Scripts 2

OSRM (Open Source Routing Machine) is an open source high performance routing engine for road network routing. Typically OSRM is used as a web server using OpenStreetMap (OSM) data, and is capable of calculating hundreds of routes a second. OSRM gets its speed by pre-processing the road network using Contraction Hierarchies, allowing very fast ‘short ...

OpenStreetMap: Using and Enhancing the Free Map of the World

OpenStreetMap: Using and Enhancing the Free Map of the World by Frederik Ramm, Jochen Topf, and Steve Chilton is a good introduction and overview of the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project. Unlike most OpenStreetMp overviews, this book goes into a useful amount of detail covering subjects such as the data model, how to edit the maps, and ...

The Haiti Earthquake and the Geospatial Web

Responses to the Haiti earthquake disaster have been dominating the geospatial news and blogs for the past ten days or so. The response has truly been a community response with the production of everything from scientific and educational maps, through to the creation of new street maps, and the analysis of daily satellite imagery. The ...

Open Mapping with OpenStreetMaps

Emma wishes to stress that this article is a collaborative effort by the San Francisco Bay Area OpenStreetMap team – Editor. Have you every felt like the people putting together maps just aren’t speaking for you?  Most traditional map companies that produce and provide maps, protect their data with restrictive copyrights.  In order to access ...