[Loadstone] Open Street Map

monty at loadstone-gps.com monty at loadstone-gps.com
Fri Jul 11 18:27:57 BST 2008

Hi Jamie,

Thanks for your informative message regarding the Open StreetMap project. 
I'll have to check out that web script you highlighted.

A couple of years ago I looked at using the OpenStreetMap projectas a 
source of point of interest information but at the time it looked like 
there were several .gpx files that contained bread-crum trails containing 
unlabeled points.  Didn't entirely seam useful at the time.  However, it 
appears that things have progressed a bit.

Almost any point of interest would be useful to a Loadstone user (whether 
blind or not) - junctions, road crossings, businesses anything really!

Best regards,

  On Fri, 11 Jul 2008, Robert (Jamie) Munro 

> I first came across Loadstone because I am involved in Open Street Map, and 
> was looking for mapping applications that run on mobile phones. I am not 
> blind.
> Rob Melchers wrote:
>> The OSM dataformat is not usable for conversion to the LS format. We've been 
>> in contact with the makers and they are not able to provide the data in such 
>> a way that we could use it in LS.
> What? When? It's probably true that the OpenStreetMap foundation don't want to 
> get into the business of supplying information in lots of formats for lots of 
> GPS programs, but the whole project and/or extracts of it are downloadable in 
> OSM format, from which other formats can easily be made. The question is what 
> information would be useful?
> A product called Osmxapi may be very useful for loadstone:
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/Osmxapi
> This provides a web interface to which you can make get requests like:
> http://www.informationfreeway.org/api/0.5/node[amenity=*][bbox=-6,50,2,61]
> this request will select and return all nodes with an amenity tag within the 
> bounding box that covers the whole of the England, Wales and Scotland in OSM 
> XML format. It may take a long time to run and return a lot of data - you 
> might want to try a smaller bounding box.
> The other kind of data that I imagine may be useful is the locations of road 
> junctions. These would be a bit harder to extract. Would they be useful?
>> At 7/2/2008, you wrote:
>>> This project does not seem to be user-friendly to a JAWS user.  Am I 
>>> missing something?
> The main site is a map, basically just a big graphic that is scrollable and 
> zoomable with javascript. This isn't going to be usable in any screen reader 
> any time soon. However, you should be able to follow the links on the page to 
> the "help & wiki" and "news blog" sections that may be interesting reading. 
> Otherwise try http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/
> Robert (Jamie) Munro

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