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For geographically pragmatic reasons, Northern Ireland has the unique status of being covered by not one, but two Local Chapters. Mappers are invited to interact with both, either, or neither depending on their personal views or preferences.
At the national level OSMUK (osmuk.org) is a non-profit company and registered Local Chapter of the OpenStreetMap Foundation. OSMUK's roles are to act as a focus for community, be a financial entity, give the community representation at national level infrastructure meetings, run regional events, and provide advice and assistance to organisations and companies wishing to add to or use OpenStreetMap. They maintain a Talent Directory for professional and voluntary service providers.
OpenStreetMap Ireland as an entity, provides an advocate voice for the OpenStreetMap project on the 'island of Ireland', in relation to interacting with other Open initiatives. They run meetups and events open to mappers from both Ireland and Northern Ireland. openstreetmap.ie web site has more details.
Under Northern Ireland Local Government Reform council boundaries have changed (part of the reduction in the number of councils from 26 to 11).
No council administrative boundary relations (admin_level = 8) are present in OpenStreetMap for either old or new councils. Openly licensed shapefiles are available from OSNI. Many of these boundaries will be similar to those of townlands.
Cities, Towns and Villages
This is a list of Northern Ireland's 50 most populous settlements as measured by NISRA in the 2001 census. Hopefully this can provide a useful starting point for people looking for areas to contribute. Feel free to add another area/town if you feel it has not been included below.
|Name||District/Council||Current State||Future Improvements|
|Belfast - City Centre||Belfast||OK||Lots of street names missing.|
|Belfast - North||Belfast||OK||Lots of street names missing.|
|Belfast - South||Belfast||OK||Lots of street names missing.|
|Belfast - East||Belfast||Good||A few street names missing.|
|Belfast - West||Belfast||OK||Lots of street names missing.|
|Derry||Derry||OK||Some street names missing, Postcodes needed,|
Roads almost complete
Post codes needed
|Newry||Newry and Mourne|
|Banbridge||Banbridge||Good State - Some street names missing|
|Warrenpoint||Newry and Mourne|
|Kilkeel||Newry and Mourne|
Being mapped on 07/05/2012 by cwilkinson1998
|Lurgan||Craigavon||COMPLETE, Very Good State
|POIs Missing, Postal Codes|
|Waringstown||Craigavon||Very good state, COMPLETE
||98% Complete, a few post codes are needed|
Unlike their GB equivalents, NI's trunk roads are numbered. Although these numbers don't appear on signage, they are used in legislation and other government documents (e.g. notification of roadworks) to refer to the roads.
T1-T10 were first created in 1949. In 1998 T10 was extended, and the remainder created.
Sites like Google Maps tend not to treat many of these as trunk at all (e.g. T12), and to colour numerous other A roads as if they were trunk, however there are various non-trunk roads signed with green signs (eg A11, bypassed trunk roads).
|T1||M3/A2||Belfast - Holywood||Yes|
|A2||Holywood - Bangor||Yes|
|T2||A24||Belfast - Carryduff||Yes|
|A24||Carryduff - Newcastle||Yes|
|T3||A12/M1||Belfast - Dungannon||?|
|A4||Dungannon - Ballygawley||?|
|A5||Ballygawley - Omagh||?|
|A5||Omagh - L/Derry||?|
|T4||A1||Belfast - Lisburn||? is this part of the trunk road?|
|A1||Lisburn - Banbridge||?|
|A1||Banbridge - Newry||?|
|A1||Newry - border||?|
|T5||M12/A3||Portadown - Armagh||?|
|T6||A5||N2 border (south of Ballygawley) - Ballygawley||?|
|A4||Ballygawley - Enniskillen||?|
|A4||Enniskillen - border (Belcoo)||?|
|T7||M2||Belfast - Antrim||?|
|A26/M2/A26||Antrim - Coleraine||?|
|A37/A2||Coleraine - L/Derry||?|
|T8||A3/A26||Moira - Antrim||?|
|M22/A6||Antrim - Castledawson||?|
|A31||Castledawson - Cookstown||?|
|T9||A8||Belfast - Larne||?|
|T10||A509||Border - Enniskillen||Yes|
|A32||Enniskillen - Omagh||Yes|
|A505||Omagh - Cookstown||Yes|
|T11||A20||Belfast - Newtownards||Yes|
|T12||A22||Dundonald - Comber||Yes|
|A21||Comber - Newtownards||Yes|
|T13||A7||Carryduff - Downpatrick||Yes|
|T14||A55||Belfast Outer Ring (M1 to A2)||Yes|
|T15||A28||Newry - Armagh||?|
|A29||Armagh - Dungannon||?|
|A29||Dungannon - Cookstown||?|
|A29||Cookstown - Coleraine||?|
|T16||A27||Newry - Portadown||?|
|T17||A6||Castledawson - Dungiven||?|
|A6||Dungiven - L/Derry||?|
|T18||A44||Clogh Mills (A26) - Ballycastle||?|
|T19||A36||Ballymena - Kilwaughter (A8)||?|
|T20||A57||Belfast Intl Airport - Templepatrick||Yes|
|A57||Templepatrick - Ballyclare||Yes|
|A57||Ballyclare - Ballynure (A8)||Yes|
|T21||M5/A2||Greencastle - Carrickfergus||?|
|T22||A514/A515||L/Derry Ring Road||Yes|
|T23||A46||Enniskillen - Belleek||Yes|
Roads which have a name and a C number and listed on schedules of works by the Roads Service. They are usually named after a townland in which the road intersects.
Roads which are maintained by the Roads Service. They will have a name and a U number and listed on schedules of works by the Roads Service. They are usually named after a townland in which the road intersects. These roads are very important as they usually make up the address of rural properties.
Other non-Roads Service roads
Some roads in rural areas are access to private land and maintained by the land owner, these should be tagged highway=residential with the appropriate access tags. Another type of road in rural areas is highway=service used for roads or lane ways into areas which may not be residential. Then there is highway=track for agricultural or forestry uses.
|Belfast - Bangor||100%||100%||Completed|
|Coleraine - Portrush||100%||100%||Completed|
|Belfast - Newry||100%||100%||Completed|
|Belfast - Londonderry||100%||100%||Completed|
|Belfast - Larne||100%||100%||Completed|
- glasseyes when he visits back home
- NotMyOpinion when he gets bored
- Pvt_Ryan as and when
- cwilkinson1998 - Maps Co.Armagh and Co.Down
- KDDA - Mapping around Counties Fermanagh, Monaghan and Cavan
- _jmk_ working with open data as it improves in NI