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Is it possible to create a map with specific points of interest for printing in a publication?

asked 25 Oct '10, 22:28

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retagged 05 Nov '10, 08:19

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Yes, it is possible!

The easiest way is to use Maperitive (the successor of Kosmos). With this software you can create your customised map using rules for rendering.

Besides, if you are up for an adventure, you can use GIS software such as gvSIG to play with shapefiles converted from OSM data and create full customised maps.

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answered 25 Oct '10, 22:52

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edited 04 Nov '10, 10:16

Kosmos is outdated a bit. It's better to use its succesor - Maperitive
It can be downloaded from here :
Just select the highest build number. If you need any help use documentation site here

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answered 28 Oct '10, 18:44

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Depending what icons/resolution you need, this might be sufficient?

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answered 28 Oct '10, 21:32

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Yes. This is the kind of flexibility which OpenStreetMap allows and encourages.

A couple of people have suggested playing with Maperitive. This kind of task usually calls to mind "rendering", the process of going from raw OpenStreetMap data to attractive map images. We have a number of alternative renderer tools, which offer great flexibility in the production of map images. You can choose, not only which POI types are given prominence, but also every other aspect of the map's style (line widths colours etc). ...but be warned, these can be rather tricky to set up and get working.

For printing in a publication, setting up a renderer may be overkill. This may depend on how many maps you want to include, how large / complex they are, and how many POIs you want to emphasise. You may find the most productive approach is to take an a map image and manually edit the image in a graphics package to add some icons.

Some options which may be of interest are listed on the OSM on paper wiki page.

Don't forget to write “© OpenStreetMap contributors, CC-BY-SA” in any printed publication (see OpenStreetMap copyright and license)

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answered 05 Nov '10, 09:29

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