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Kansas, United States

latitude: 38.5, longitude: -98.5
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Kansas is a state in the United States at latitude 38°30′00.00″ North, longitude 98°30′00.00″ West.

The approximate bounding box for XAPI queries is [bbox=-102.05,36.98,-94.60,40]

Data Sources

  • Kansas Data Access & Support Center
    • Hosts various data sets from all kinds of different organizations. For example, they have NAIP imagery, census data and other federal data, clipped to Kansas. But they also have locally produced data.
    • Overall, the data is public domain. There may be individual data sets that request attribution. This will be listed in the "Data Access Constraints" section of the metadata.


Image Sources

  • Bing - Uses the NAIP imagery listed below for much of the state (except possibly at the highest zoom level) and serves it up much faster than the USGS. Ultra high resolution imagery (z21) is available in the Kansas City metro area, Topeka and Wichita. However beware, as Bing is known to have poor alignment in some areas. Always compare to existing data and GPS traces in the area! Sometimes a quick comparison to the USGS WMS service is useful too. USGS alignment is very reliable (in my experience, YMMV)
  • USGS WMS service
    • A few areas are covered with higher resolution imagery. Right now it looks like only Wichita/Sedgwick county are covered. The URL here is the WMS service URL. Paste it into JOSM's "Service URL" box and then click the "Get Layers" button to get individual layers.
    • http://imsortho.cr.usgs.gov:80/wmsconnector/com.esri.wms.Esrimap/USGS_EDC_Ortho_Kansas?
  • Riley County GIS
    • 6" color aerial imagery from March 2011 is available and hosted by ToeBee.
      • JOSM (TMS) - use this if you don't know what TMS/WMS is: http://ni.kwsn.net/cgi-bin/mapserv?map=/var/www/osm.kwsn.net/imagery/rl.map&Layers=RL_CO_2011&mode=tile&tilemode=gmap&tile={x}+{y}+{zoom}
      • JOSM (WMS) - might be faster: wms:http://ni.kwsn.net/cgi-bin/mapserv?map=/var/www/osm.kwsn.net/imagery/rl.map&FORMAT=image/png&VERSION=1.1.1&SERVICE=WMS&REQUEST=GetMap&Layers=RL_CO_2011&SRS={proj}&WIDTH={width}&HEIGHT={height}&BBOX={bbox}
      • Potlatch: http://ni.kwsn.net/cgi-bin/mapserv?map=/var/www/osm.kwsn.net/imagery/rl.map&Layers=RL_CO_2011&mode=tile&tilemode=gmap&tile=$x+$y+$z
    • 2001 black & white imagery is also available but only via WMS (doesn't work in Potlatch)
      • WMS URL: http://gis.rileycountyks.gov/wmsconnector/com.esri.wms.Esrimap/riley_nationalmap?FORMAT=image/jpeg&VERSION=1.1.1&SERVICE=WMS&REQUEST=GetMap&LAYERS=0&STYLES=&SRS={proj}&WIDTH={width}&HEIGHT={height}&BBOX={bbox}


A note about bicycles and how they do or might route upon Kansas highways (of any sort, from unpaved agricultural tracks up to and including rural and urban paved roads, state highways and Interstate highways): the law in Kansas states that bicycles are prohibited upon Interstate highways. What might not be a clearly apparent corollary of this is that bicycles are allowed upon all other roads in Kansas, including state highways and other higher-speed, higher-traffic roads — but explicitly not Interstate highways. In OSM, this can be interpreted to mean that an explicit bicycle=yes tag (or other tag explicitly granting legal bicycle access, such as highway=cycleway) may be necessary upon highway infrastructure to allow routers (for example) to determine that many more roads than are apparent now can be legally travelled upon by bicycles. So, while such explicit tagging may appear to be "tagging for the renderer," (so, seeming to be discouraged), this isn't necessarily true in the case of Kansas highways. A "default assumption" of bicycle=yes cannot be assumed and may likely need to be explicit.