OSMBuildings VS osmand_map_creation

Compare OSMBuildings vs osmand_map_creation and see what are their differences.


3d building geometry viewer based on OpenStreetMap data (by OSMBuildings)


OSM data + open address data compiled for use in OSMAnd (by pnoll1)
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OSMBuildings osmand_map_creation
2 27
864 60
1.7% -
10.0 0.0
over 2 years ago 26 days ago
JavaScript Python
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later GNU General Public License v3.0 only
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Posts with mentions or reviews of OSMBuildings. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-01-27.


Posts with mentions or reviews of osmand_map_creation. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-04-05.
  • Addresses - New Brunswick Canada
    2 projects | /r/openstreetmap | 5 Apr 2023
    Importing data from other sources into OSM is almost always a long and complicated process. It's usually not the most accessible thing for new mappers. Try to find out where a project stalled. Maybe contact the author of the wiki page you mentioned, or get in contact with your local community (most channels should be listed on https://community.osm.be ). From your data user perspective: there's a small project called OpenSuperMap where the maintainer creates files for Osmand that contain both all OSM data and all the addresses from some official source. So you get all the usability without having to finish the import first. Have a look at https://github.com/pnoll1/osmand_map_creation , maybe your region is already listed. If not, add an issue. The tool works with OpenAdresses.io so it should probably work.
  • Osm street numbers
    3 projects | /r/openstreetmap | 4 Apr 2023
    For OsmAnd, /u/pnoll uses OpenAddresses to make OpenSuperMaps available as a replacement files for a limited set of geographic regions. In fact, those in covered regions can use them to work around a recent OsmAnd map data update problem.
  • OpenStreetMap is in trouble – a critical take on Bing Map Builder
    7 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 6 Feb 2023
    Yes, I agree that data balkanization represents a significant hindrance for further development of openstreetmap. Fifteen or so years ago I was experimenting with importing DEM files from the US into Blender for landscaping, and finding the data was frustrating. Sometimes the data was available at a state website, other times at a federal website, sometimes also available on the website of that mapping program. Surveys within a given geopolitical constraint would be found on the website of whichever department provided the funding. I understanding that, even if ignoring legal realities, merging this data into a single "ground" (heh) truth would be a herculean task, scientifically. But there was no common database or delivery method. Some departments would link to FTP sites, other would provide arcgis downloads via an interactive web tool. I'd have to depend on user-maintained blog posts to even find the data. And the best data was always locked away behind secure portals that I couldn't get access to.

    Nowadays openstreetmap is running into the same problem at the municipality level. In the US, if I understand correctly, geographic data is under copyright to whichever governing entity and not eligible for import into openstreetmap.

    Take for example the excellent app Every Door (https://github.com/Zverik/every_door) with a focus on easily adding building information. In the US, openstreetmap has no address information. Either that or very little address information - but none in my area. So it'd be easy for me to add building nodes with house numbers but I won't be doing that. Not only is it a massive commitment, but the data is already available at openaddresses.io. The catch? It's "probably" license-compatible with openstreetmap. Before merging, all that data would have to be reviewed by a team of lawyers. That's not something a software developer can help with.

    In existing threads here, a top complaint about OsmAnd is that lack of address information. Try planning a route without addresses, and without constantly switching to Google Maps to convert address to coordinates. Not very user friendly! Opensupermaps (https://github.com/pnoll1/osmand_map_creation) is a user-maintained merge of openstreetmaps and openaddresses.io, but it doesn't integrate with OsmAnd's data update system.

    And that's how data balkanization is breaking openstreetmap, right now.

  • OsmAnd (OpenStreetMap) 4.3 for Android is fast with a new rendering engine
    5 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 27 Jan 2023
    While not ideal, I've found a usable solution.

    This GitHub repo [1] has map files generated using OpenAddresses.

    Load the appropriate one for your area and you can search using addresses in the normal format. They currently provide maps for North America, and are regenerated roughly monthly.

    (Thank you pnoll1!)

    [1] https://github.com/pnoll1/osmand_map_creation

  • I'm Done with Google
    4 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 27 Dec 2022
    Try OSM. It is more reliable than google in performance now, believe it or not.

    Address lookup is a shortcoming, and there's this https://github.com/pnoll1/osmand_map_creation to help you get around that, and sometimes the routing algorithm used by Osmand in particular can be goofy from time to time, I can't speak to other clients. Finally, there's traffic, which is not a problem that can be resolved without collecting and processing data from all users, which I find unethical and so will live without.

  • Based on your experience, what is the best alternative to Google Maps?
    3 projects | /r/degoogle | 3 Sep 2022
    There are 2 ways that address lookup can be fixed. The first is this Dev https://github.com/pnoll1/osmand_map_creation/releases/tag/0.90 has a list of osm maps with address lookup built in. You download the ones you want and replace your map files with them and turn off auto update of maps. The second is an app in google play store called addresstogps 2 . You can enter the address then it gives the option to open the GPS coordinates for it in any app you choose. However it does use google as the search so its maybe not ideal for everyone.
  • Ask HN: How have you deGoogled your life?
    9 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 15 Jul 2022
    For maps, You should add Organic maps. People tend to like the UI more than OsmAnd.

    Personally, I use OsmAnd with custom map files for better address coverage: https://github.com/pnoll1/osmand_map_creation.

  • Download offline maps in the Google Maps app without signing in
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 9 Jun 2022
  • Every day, must have apps for graphene OS?
    3 projects | /r/degoogle | 10 May 2022
    you should try this: https://github.com/pnoll1/osmand_map_creation
    3 projects | /r/degoogle | 10 May 2022

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