| OpenStreetMap-in-a-Box (osminabox)|
|License:||New BSD License (n/a)|
|Platforms:||Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Linux|
A ready-made map and geodata server including a highly configurable converter which synchronizes OpenStreetMap data.
A ready-made map and geodata server including a highly configurable converter (osm2gis) which synchronizes OpenStreetMap data.
OpenStreetMap-in-a-Box (short OSM-in-a-Box or osminabox) is a dedicated server software which imports semi-structured OpenStreetMap (OSM) data and stores it as geographic features (entities). In addition, it keeps its base data in sync with the original OSM hosts. It is scalable, offers well-known geographic web services and is based on proven software components. As of now this is a read-only database (see Discussion). Updates need to be fed through the usual OSM software and hosts.
Common reasons to have your own map server include: you need reliable and fast web services, or custom map graphics (e.g. no buildings), or regionalized contents (e.g. local names). OpenStreetMap-in-a-Box (OSM-in-a-Box) delivers a software bundle which does this 'out-of-the-box' with an easy installer.
The OpenStreetMap-in-a-Box software consists of following parts:
- A converter (Java) called 'osm2gis' which imports OSM data and stores the relevant part of it in the database (PostgreSQL/PostGIS) in a geospatial, relational database schema.
- A spatial information server with geographic web services (GeoServer), like WMS, Tiling/Caching and WFS (read-only).
- A web site to demonstrate the project (see showcase on homepage).
Compared to osm2pgsql - for those who know this - osm2gis is comparable but potentially non-lossy and rather flexible about attributes exported (the target schema). For a comparison of alternatives see the always-uptodate OSM desktop software.
Home page and download: http://dev.ifs.hsr.ch/redmine/projects/osminabox/wiki