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Thinking about how to visualize the direction of a way in mapcontrib or umap instance using an Overpass query: it might be done by querying the second node of a way. If you overlay that node on the way itself, it can show you where it begins. Maybe again for the second-last. (Not the first and last nodes, because they would often overlap with the nodes of an adjacent way)

Say I want to show the direction of highways that don't have a oneway tag in this way, how would I go from this basic query?

out body;
out skel qt;

If you have a better idea to approach the problem, do go ahead.

asked 10 Feb '17, 07:49

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joost schouppe
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visualize the direction of a way

The optimal solution for this would be to make the displaying software (here: umap) render the direction of the lines for one.

[…] by querying the second node of a way.

The Overpass API doesn't (yet?) support nth-child queries for way-nodes (or relation members).

But you could do this in post-processing: After converting the Overpass result to GeoJSON, run something like the following (in nodejs):

var geojson = … geojson.features.forEach(f => { if (f.geometry.type !== "LineString") return; var newcoords = [0,0], coords = f.geometry.coordinates; newcoords[0] = coords[0][0]*0.75+coords[1][0]*0.25; newcoords[1] = coords[0][1]*0.75+coords[1][1]*0.25; geojson.features.push({type:'Feature', properties:{}, geometry:{type:'Point', coordinates:newcoords}}); });

After that, there are additional point features in the geojson which are placed near the start point of each LineString (1 quarter distance towards the second vertex).

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answered 23 Feb '17, 16:24

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Thanks for the help!

(24 Feb '17, 07:48) joost schouppe

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