Create or improve categories yourself

Submitted by plepe on Mon, 01/08/2018 - 23:57

Having all these categories in OpenStreetBrowser is a great thing. But creating these categories has been a work mostly done by me and I can't really guess which categories would be interesting to you. That's why I want other people (especially You!) to have the ability to create or improve categories yourself. That's why there's now a "More categories" link in OpenStreetBrowser, where you can access categories which other people (or You!) created or modified.

Wikipedia integration

Submitted by plepe on Sun, 09/17/2017 - 23:19

Finally, I re-implemented a feature of the old OpenStreetBrowser which I was especially proud of (although it's rather easy to implement): The Wikipedia integration.

Many OpenStreetMap features have links to Wikipedia articles and images. In the detailed view, OpenStreetBrowser will show the first paragraph and the first image of this article - in your preferred language (to be exact, the "data" language - you can set it in the Options). It loads the list of availble translations from the Wikipedia article itself.

Also, if any images can be found, these will be displayed.

New feature: Permalinks

Submitted by plepe on Sun, 09/10/2017 - 16:00

A requested feature: Permalinks. OpenStreetBrowser URLs now encode the current map location, opened categories and - of course - the currently viewed map object. Now it's easy to share information to others.

More detailed popups

Submitted by plepe on Tue, 09/05/2017 - 08:46

Popups of map features are now much more detailed. A lot of tags (like website, contact email, opening_hours, ...) are parsed, regardless of their category. If a tag is not set, nothing will be shown in the popup. Some information though (like the "cuisine" tag in the screenshot) are not generally parsed, but are restricted to the category.

Example of a gastro object:

Before this improvement

After this improvement

If you want to see how this works, check the file openstreetbrowser-categories-main/popupBody.html. There's also a openstreetbrowser-categories-main/detailsBody.html for the information in the sidebar. Pull requests (or feature suggestions) for improvements and extensions are very welcome!

The files use the TwigJS template language.

This change is heavily inspired by Bexhill-OSM.

Time to say good bye :-(

Submitted by plepe on Sat, 01/30/2016 - 07:58
This is a sad moment. OpenStreetBrowser is no more. Unfortunately I have to admit, that my time is limited and that I can't support it any longer. Main reason is, that I now have two adorable children which use up most of my leisure time. Also, my last attempt to save OpenStreetBrowser didn't work out (the category system didn't work for the last 7 months or longer) - it was not performant enough. The code base is a big mess, with having tried many different approaches - better not look at it :-) Also it cost me quite some money, as I'd rented a powerful server.

Hardware problems

Submitted by plepe on Sat, 06/20/2015 - 22:48

One of my servers crashed due to a broken harddisk, therefore you have to live with a very reduced version of OpenStreetBrowser - there are no categories right now. You may still enjoy the background rendering ;) I'm currently in the process of building a new base for the OpenStreetBrowser: Categories written in MapCSS, using Overpass API as database and pgmapcss for processing. Also for displaying, the new OpenLayers ol3 will be used. The rewrite is already quite advanced, but still I need another month or two until the version can go online. Stay tuned!

New data!

Submitted by plepe on Mon, 04/08/2013 - 22:58
On April 1st, 2012 the database updates stopped, as the transition phase for OpenStreetMap's new ODbL license started. This made a re-import of the database necessary, which has been finished last weekend. Therefore up-to-date data is finally available in the categories and on the basemap (nearly, currently the database lacks a couple of hours behind OpenStreetMap updates). The public transport overlay still needs to be updated, therefore rendering will appear at a later time. Please note that new basemap tiles will be rendered _after_ being visited, therefore old renderings appear.

New version 2.2.3 - Smartphone/Tablet optimizations

Submitted by plepe on Sat, 10/06/2012 - 11:34

Less than a week has passed, and already there are some exciting updates to OpenStreetBrowser. I invested some time to optimize for small screens (like smartphones) and touchscreens (as there are no 'mouseover' events). I hope it's usable on your phone / tablet / whatever too :) If you find bugs or have suggestions for improvements, please comment on this post, or use the OSM Wiki.