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OpenOrienteeringMap

OpenOrienteeringMap (not to be confused with the new OpenOrienteering Mapper project) is an orienteering map of the world, based on OpenStreetMap data. There are three formats – “Street-O Plus” “Street-O Lite” and “Pseud-O”. Version 2.3 of OpenOrienteeringMap is now released.

The Street-O map formats contain the level of detail equivalent to Street-O maps used for informal orienteering races around the streets of London and other urban areas in the UK and around the world. The Pseud-O map is a less serious map (as the level of detail in OSM is not sufficient for “proper” orienteering maps) but attempts to emulate the look and feel of standard orienteering maps.

Both maps make (loose) use of the ISOM and ISSOM orienteering mapping specifications, particularly the colours and the styling. Measurements are less likely to be within spec, due to artistic considerations and limits of standard screen resolutions.

When first accessing the website, you start zoomed out. Pan and zoom to your area of interest, then zoom back in a few times until you start seeing the orienteering map. Alternatively you can jump to a UK postcode, by typing it in at the top right.

Because the maps are based on the “Tile Mapping Service/XYZ” standard, they are viewable only at fixed scales. The current scale is displayed on the bottom right of the map. The most relevant scales for orienteering are 1:7000 and 1:14000 – these are the scales you will see for the third and fourth-most zoomed in levels (16 and 15), assuming a 72dpi screen. When you produce a PDF map from OOMap, they will be at the scale you choose (e.g. 1:10000).

Some areas of the UK are still missing much detail. You can help build the free map of everything in the world by contributing to the OpenStreetMap project, by surveying your local area and adding the roads, land types and other data into the project. The data is then pulled into OpenOrienteeringMap on a daily (UK) or annual-ish (rest of world) basis.

There are three editions: UK, Ireland and Global. Here’s how the editions vary:

Edition Updates Contours Branding Funding
UK Daily at 8am Yes (10m from OS Terrain 50) British Orienteering British Orienteering (2012-4)*
Ireland Daily at 8am No Irish Tricolour Ad-supported
Global Every 6-12 months No Generic Ad-supported
Your country? Daily at 8am If available Your choice Contact me (o.obrien (@) outlook.com)

* Now ad-supported to cover hosting costs.

You’ll need a modern browser (i.e. not IE6) to make full use of the site.

Note that I cannot help fix the data – this should be done with the editing tools in OpenStreetMap – however if you have made a significant improvement to an area and would like it reflected in OOM before the next data refresh, by all means let me know.

For bug reports or to send new patches, please use GitHub: https://github.com/oobrien/oomap.

OpenOrienteeringMap is giftware. If it’s useful for you, it helps you run a successful event, or saves you time mapping, please buy me something on my gift-list or buy a print. Or buy yourself something through my Amazon store link. Gifts will encourage further development and offset the costs of hosting the site.

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111 thoughts on “OpenOrienteeringMap

  1. Hi,

    I posted a comment on your site last month, but did not receive a reply.

    My previous comment was as follows. I would be very grateful if you could consider it:

    The British Library would like to invite you to participate in our web archiving programme. We select and archive sites to represent aspects of UK documentary heritage and as a result, they will remain available to researchers in the future. The British Library works closely with leading UK institutions to collect and permanently preserve the UK web, and our archive can be seen at http://www.webarchive.org.uk/.

    Please can you supply us with an email address, so that we can have the relevant information sent out to you.

    Regards,

    Permissions Officer (pp. Alison Hill, Curator)

    Web Archiving, Room 150, Floor 2

    The British Library

    96 Euston Road

    London

    NW1 2DB

    Tel: 0843 2081144 (ext. 7211)

    Fax: 020 7412 7691

    E-mail: web-archivist@bl.uk

    UK Web Archive: [http://www.webarchive.org.uk/]

  2. Hi,

    OpenOrienteeringMap is a dynamically generated site and also does not store data itself – the data source is OpenStreetMap. As such, it is not suitable for archival.

    My contact details can be found in the “Contact Me” link on the top right.

    Regards,
    Oliver

  3. any way of exporting the generated map to a file that can then be uploaded into OCAD and custom-edited with additional symbols ?

  4. Truly amazing. Thanks for making this great resource available. I now have the first ever O-map of my home town, in just 5 minutes work!

  5. This is really beautiful, not to mention great. In my classification it’s one of the very best examples of innovative use of OSM data / how OpenGeoData allows just about anything one wants to do with it.

    One question, though: How / how often do you update the data? I see that you ask people to ask you to update if they have done “significant mapping in a given area” — but I’d love to know what kind of system (if any _system_ / standard procedure) you have in place for updates so I don’t need to bug you (when an update is possibly just around the corner).

    Thanks!

    Ps. Please consider installing some WordPress plugin that allows commenters to subscribe to comments via email.

  6. I’m having a problem with OOM.
    When i elect to create a PDF of a map I have set up, the PDF has none of the orienteering conventional signs (landscape features etc) on it.

  7. Which features in particular? Can you see them in OpenStreetMap (http://osm.org/) for the corresponding area? If so, let me know and I’ll add them into the stylesheets for OOM so that they come in there.

    Alternatively, are you looking at OOM in the “Pseud-O” mode? By default, PDFs are created in the Street-O style, you need to manually select “Pseud-O” from the second box – the one that appears when you choose “Create Map”. Then, the PDF should look the same as the version on screen.

  8. i have added some footpaths to the open streetmap of rugeley but when i generate a streeto map or a pseude o map these are missing?? except preexisting ones.
    ant suggestions as to what i am doing wrong?

  9. just had another look and some have appeared but not others…Might be just a matter of time?? Am using the uk version of open o ( Ithink)

  10. John – your browser is probably caching the old images. Try closing and reopening your browser (although sometimes this will still result in the old ones being used – Chrome is quite bad at this. Try Firefox?) The new data should appear when you create a PDF from the data.

  11. John – Hi, sorry, I was being too lazy to check properly. After a power problem last weekend, the updates weren’t flowing through, until I fixed the problem yesterday. It’s caught up now.

  12. Hi,
    This is a great project.

    I noticed that streets in my town centre (Lichfield), which are pedestrianised are appearing as foot paths whereas they are roads for the prupose of orienteering. They are marked on open street map as highway – pedestrian. Should these not appear as roads?
    See this link for a description of ‘highway – pedestrian’
    http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:highway%3Dpedestrian

    Thanks,
    Dave

  13. Daveb – Hmm, not sure about that – what is a path and what is a road? I generally think of roads as things where you might expect to meet cars moving along them, rather than being defined by surface or width.

  14. I would love to see an update of the OOM map in Sweden. I have made some major additions to OSM and can’t wait to see them in OOM!

  15. Thank you very much! I will definitely use this for some trainings with my club!

    I see that power=minor_line is not rendered right now, maybe it could be rendered in the same way as power=line?

    Thanks again!

  16. Henrik – not currently but will look into it.
    Srinivas – Orienteering maps do not show street names. The context layer is just intended to help you line up the orienteering map online to specific streets, before producing the PDF of it.

  17. Maybe I’m missing it somewhere, but when setting up an O course:-
    a) can you input a separate finish or is it assumed that’s where the start is?
    b) how do you link between controls ie 1 to 2 to 3
    c) if there are special things, such as out of bounds, I guess those have to be input into Open Street Map and then deleted if removed?

  18. Hi Ian:

    1 – there is currently no separate finish indication, it is assumed that it is where the start is marked. This is because OOM is based on the Street-O maps that SLOW produce/use for their series, and we have always run the start and finish from the same place. Separate starts and finishes will be available in a future update to OOM.

    2 – OOM is designed for score courses only currently. Again, something that I should be able to put into a future version.

    3 – Please don’t edit OSM with orienteering-only information, i.e. OOB areas. Instead, you’ll need to post-edit your maps (e.g. red pen on the printed copies) to show such areas. As with the above points, marked OOB areas will be available in a forthcoming update to OOM, and this one is very near the top of the list, so it will appear sooner than the others.

  19. Hi Oliver,

    I’ve just noticed something that looks odd (to me) in the Street-O rendering of tunnels. I was just starting on a map for HH summer series and comparing the two options below, the Street-O version is generally nicer, but the tunnels don’t work:-

    http://tinyurl.com/84lpdgj

    http://tinyurl.com/6u7orok

    In the Pseudo-O map you can see the large road is marked as being in a tunnel, but on the Street-O map it looks like it’s on the surface. The Psuedo-O map is the best representation of reality – the road is in a tunnel that runs under a shopping centre and there is no sign of it on the surface. Is this is a feature of the spec for Street-O maps (and hence actually correct for this type of map), or a rendering oddity?

    I’d like to use the Street-O version, but don’t think I can like this as it will be realy confusing on the ground for runners.

    1. Hi Kevin

      It is a total mystery to me why this is happening for the Hatfield Tunnel – it doesn’t seem to be happening for most of the other tunnels. On both renders, the tunnel should only be shown as a series of grey square dots – not as the road line as well.

      If you look at http://casa.oobrien.com/maptiler/streeto/17/65517/43588.png then it working fine but http://casa.oobrien.com/maptiler/streeto/17/65449/43434.png which is your tunnel, is not rendering it as a tunnel. I’ve checked the tags in the database and they are correct.

      Investigating further…

      1. Turns out the problem was that the “relation” which links together the various ways that make up the A1 (M) had a highway=motorway tag on it, causing it to be rendered as a separate above-ground motorway on both my map and the general OSM one, this was obscuring the tunnel underneath. Another contributor has now deleted the tag to fix the issue in this case.

  20. Hi,

    I’m trying to create a pseud-O map for an event, but when I click the create pdf button, I get a street-O version of the map. The map is the right area and shows the controls, but is the wrong type.

    Any assistance appreciated.

    Kevin

    1. Hi – you need to choose “Pseud-O” from the drop-down on the map creator panel, not from the radio buttons which are for what’s displaying on screen. Yes, sorry, I know that this is dead confusing, and this will be made much more obvious in Version 2 that I am working on this summer.

  21. I have been trouble trying to produce a map in the global setting. I am trying to see Ottawa Ontario Canada. The PDF has an MOD_PYTHON ERROR when you hit create PDF.

    1. Hi Wolfgang – I’m afraid the global map is currently non-functional – I’ve had to temporarily remove a database that it needs. I’m hoping to have it back in the next few weeks.

  22. Ok, how do you update the map. Not being a computer geek I can’t see how you do it. I need to up date several maps by adding streets for various orienteering club nights.

    Cheers

    Hamish Lead Community Coach North.

  23. Is your April 4 2012 note (re no updates to Open Street Map being shown on OOM) still valid? This presumably does mean that development of further OOM’s is on hold for now? Any timeline for possible removal of the licence restriction?
    Thanks

  24. Hi
    For a few weeks now we can’t zoom in to places in the south of France and Monaco in order to make an oom.
    When you zoom in the screen just goes blank, it reappears when you zoom out again.
    Thanks
    Fran

  25. Hi Olly

    I am new to all this

    How long does update from OSM take to appear on OOM?
    I put some changes on a bit of Shrewsbury last week- they are on OSM but not yet(?) on the Orienteering map

    This whole thing is amazing thanks for setting it up

    Adrian

  26. PLEASE READ BEFORE COMMENTING

    OOM Worldwide is currently offline due to server space issues.

    OOM UK is currently not updating – an old copy of the DB is available but it is from ~March 2012. A new version of OOM UK should be online soon, complete with updating database – this has been delayed by City Race organisation so now looking at October 2012.

  27. Hi,

    It would be really useful to save/create a map in another form other than PDF. I would like to be able to make some additions to the map I create (i.e. labels, show changes to boundaries that have occurred since area originally mapped), but I am unable to do this in PDF format.

  28. Hi Oliver. Are there any plans to restore the global version of Open O-map? Or is it possible to restore certain areas separately on a rotating basis(Europe this month, North America next month, or something?). It’s a great asset which I use for doing training maps and want to use for night street-O.
    (PS I enjoyed my second London City race & have pencilled in 21st Sept 2013 already)
    John McCullough
    3ROC
    Dublin

    1. Hi John,

      The UK version is misnamed – it should actually cover Ireland too, as I used the British Isles OSM data download for the most recent DB update, rather than the Great Britain one.

      The are no plans to restore the Worldwide one. The work server I was using has been coopted by a colleague for an Olympics-related work project over the summer, and there simply isn’t enough server-grade hard disk space on it for the complete OSM global DB (~400GB+) at this time.

  29. Hi again, Oliver.
    I have just discovered that if I use the UK OOM and drag southwards from, say, Newry, I will arrive in the Republic with an OOM, so – problem solved!

    John

  30. Hi Oliver,

    is there any chance that in the near future OSM global will be available again ?

    Regards, Gerrit

  31. Hello,
    tried little testmap in germany by the fly but got this error message (dont know anything about Phyton):
    MOD_PYTHON ERROR

    ProcessId: 21435
    Interpreter: ‘casa.oobrien.com’

    ServerName: ‘casa.oobrien.com’
    DocumentRoot: ‘/home/ollie/public_html/’

    URI: ‘/maptiler/pdf/’
    Location: None
    Directory: ‘/home/ollie/public_html/maptiler/’
    Filename: ‘/home/ollie/public_html/maptiler/pdf’
    PathInfo: ‘/’

    Phase: ‘PythonHandler’
    Handler: ‘renderer::handle’

    Traceback (most recent call last):

    File “/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/mod_python/importer.py”, line 1537, in HandlerDispatch
    default=default_handler, arg=req, silent=hlist.silent)

    File “/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/mod_python/importer.py”, line 1229, in _process_target
    result = _execute_target(config, req, object, arg)

    File “/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/mod_python/importer.py”, line 1128, in _execute_target
    result = object(arg)

    File “/home/ollie/public_html/maptiler/renderer.py”, line 59, in handle
    req = handlePDF.processRequest(req)

    File “/home/ollie/public_html/maptiler/handlePDF.py”, line 50, in processRequest
    outf = createPDF(path)

    File “/home/ollie/public_html/maptiler/handlePDF.py”, line 148, in createPDF
    mapnik.load_map(map, styleFile)

    RuntimeError: Postgis Plugin: PSQL error:
    ERROR: relation “planet_osm_polygon” does not exist
    LINE 2: from planet_osm_polygon
    ^
    Full sql was: ‘SELECT * FROM (select way,”natural”,waterway,landuse,way_area
    from planet_osm_polygon
    where waterway in (‘dock’,’mill_pond’,’riverbank’,’canal’,’river’)
    or landuse in (‘reservoir’,’water’,’basin’)
    or “natural” in (‘lake’,’water’,’land’,’marsh’,’scrub’,’wetland’,’glacier’)
    order by z_order,way_area desc
    ) as water_areas LIMIT 0′
    encountered during parsing of layer ‘water_areas’ in Layer at line 266 of ‘/home/ollie/production/maptiler/styles/streeto_global.xml’

    MODULE CACHE DETAILS

    Accessed: Mon Nov 26 20:51:05 2012
    Generation: 2

    _mp_e7f8d206af4dc7e51841871b7f166ea5 {
    FileName: ‘/home/ollie/public_html/maptiler/gen_tile.py’
    Instance: 1
    Generation: 1
    Modified: Sat Nov 24 01:47:51 2012
    Imported: Mon Nov 26 20:48:42 2012
    }

    _mp_be664c449fcc8992b2de2509ea296aa6 {
    FileName: ‘/home/ollie/public_html/maptiler/handlePDF.py’
    Instance: 1 [IMPORT]
    Generation: 3
    Modified: Sat Nov 24 01:48:22 2012
    Imported: Mon Nov 26 20:51:05 2012
    }

    _mp_e72dc1c33a5050165fac52e925ffacbb {
    FileName: ‘/home/ollie/public_html/maptiler/renderer.py’
    Instance: 1
    Generation: 2
    Modified: Sat Nov 24 01:48:34 2012
    Imported: Mon Nov 26 20:48:42 2012
    Children: ‘/home/ollie/public_html/maptiler/gen_tile.py’
    Friends: ‘/home/ollie/public_html/maptiler/handlePDF.py’
    }

    Does it only work in UK-Version?
    Regards Siegfried

  32. Hi Oliver,
    This is by far the best enhancment I ever seen in this category!
    I really miss it too. I’ll be happy to to donate to your progress if the Northen Europe / Europe will be up and running again 🙂

    All the best
    Peter from Sweden

  33. Hi Oliver!

    This is the best enhancement I ever seen in this category! I wish you the best wishes for a happy progress.

    Yes, I really miss it too.
    I live in Sweden so Europe will be great if that will be up n working : )

    Have you consider some possibilities to donate for your projects? I guess we are many folks out there that appreciate your work and want to encourage you going forward

    All the best,
    Peter

  34. Hi, is it possible to get the Mapnik style file source for this map somewhere? I would like to make a training orienteering map in Krkonoše, Czech Republic, but I can’t since the global service is down.

  35. Hello,

    I seem to experience some problems creating Street-O maps for Brussels (I tried via the belgium.php, global.php and uk.php), The UK.php does make the maps in London. The Global.php also has problems in Paris for example.
    When zooming in the whole area gets a nice pink color, no Street-O map however…

    Best regards,
    Alistair

  36. Yes, I have the same problem with the south of France, just pink & no street map.
    Have mentioned this about 6 months ago, but still no luck………………
    Fran

    1. Hi Kevin

      Yes, that’s the way I’ve set that tagging up for OOM’s terrain layer – I’ve assumed there are fences around pitches, but this is quite often not the case. I could get rid of that particular bit of tagging but it would be good to delineate pitches from open land some how. Maybe showing a path going around the perimeter?

  37. The new look is great – but damn you for making the changes the day after I print my street o map!

    1. The new look is part of the new release. It’s a bit that’s rolled out early for testing. The other bit (the new website) will be rolled out in phases – Phase 1 is coded and so will hopefully be rolled out in the next week, once it get signed off. Phase 2 (persistent saving, cluesheets) to follow!

  38. Hi Ollie,

    We’ve got a small night o event planned on Thursday (20th) and have been making quite a few changes to OSM but have just now noticed the message saying you arent currently pulling updates through.

    Any idea when you will and/or I assume its not possible to just pull one small area of ST16 through if I ask really nicely? 🙂

    Kelvin

  39. Hi Oliver!

    This is truly brilliant and I’ve been able to use it to get our clubs kids out and used to O mapping. The only problem we’ve had is that contours don’t show up in our area (Dover & Folkestone) and it can’t be down to a lack of hills here! Is it something we’re doing wrong? I’ve had a look and the contours seem to disappear in a N/S line just east of Ashford?
    Apart from that it’s great and you have our thanks. Vic.

  40. Hi Ollie
    I did a load of updates to OSM yesterday in preparation for an event tomorrow night. I thought I read somewhere that there was an automatic daily update done in the morning but nothing seems to have changed is OOM yet. Can you clarify the position regarding updates please?
    John

    1. Yes, there is a daily update – however I had to move the start of the daily load from 7am to 2am, recently. This means that it misses the daily 6am upstream file release, so you may have to wait an additional day.

      Also your browser may have cached the old tiles. Test by generating a PDF – that should always go direct to my database, and not use caching.

  41. Love this new version, such an easy use program! well done!
    Just a minor thing: Any chance Irish maps can get the IOA logo instead of the BO one??
    Appreciate it!

    1. It would be a bit cheeky of me to do that, as British Orienteering paid for the development of version 2 (the current version). I’m using the OSM datafile that happens to include Ireland, which is why you get it as a free bonus. There’s also no obvious Ireland/non-Ireland flag in the data, as it’s physical data rather than administrative.

  42. Used a map generated from OpenOrienteering Map for first time last night. Absolutely ideal for a small street score event. Total prep time = 5 hours (provided you use a bike to find control sites)

  43. Yes, my other (highway) changes rippled into OOM.
    I assume it’s something like OSM waterway changes are not implemented at every OOM update.

    1. If the changes are coastline changes, then yes they won’t be included. This may well be the case for the tidal Thames section. The coastline is only very rarely updated, as it comes from a Shapefile rather than from the OSM database directly, for efficiency reasons.

  44. Hi,

    OOM crossed the channel again !
    That’s a great news.
    May I suggest a few improvements ?
    Tag Access=private -> overwrite with 709 for an area
    Tag Landuse=orchard -> use of 412
    Tag Landuse=forest -> use of 406 instead of 405
    Tag landuse=wineyard -> use of 413

    For water if tag intermittent=yes -> use of 307 or 311

    Yet the PseudoOmap is astonishing !
    If I can help, let me know.

    Many thanks,

    Daniel (DF45@OSM)

    1. Hi Dan – Thanks, I’ll look into incorporating those in due course. If you are familiar with Mapnik XML stylesheets, then it would be a great help if you were able to incorporate these changes into a GitHub pull request for the appropriate files at https://github.com/oobrien/oomap – that way I can just pull, test and release, rather than coding them myself.

  45. Hopefully just completed another OOM map for an event later this month. OOM excellent as always! Further to previous discussions, I note that a (private) farm track which is highway = track and which is tagged access = no and comes up with the ‘brown splodge’ marking on OSM still seems to appear on OOM. Does OOM not currently ignore features with ‘access = no’? I seem to remember from our previous discussions that it should. No urgency – can live with it for current event.

    1. Hi Peter, it doesn’t, because sometimes access=no ways are still actually accessible on foot. I’ve deployed a new feature which means you can manually block out a known OOB route by adding red crosses to the map.

  46. Hi
    Exploring the use of oomap for POTOC
    oomap will hide railway tunnels , but not canal tunnels … even a disussed canal is shown as surface feature .
    I have also contacted about football fields being shown as fenced enclosures when very few are .

    1. Hi John, I’ve fixed both of these now – canal/river tunnels are no longer shown, and football pitches are no longer shown with fences around them.

  47. Hi
    There was one other item I thought that I had raised , but is not in the list above is fences themselves . Fences put on street map are shown as walls

    1. Hi John – I’ve fixed this now. If it’s tagged as barrier=fence, it now shows up as a fence, not a wall.

  48. It looks like OOM is still set up as a score event format, with a common start/finish. Is that correct?
    In looking at OOM, if I switch from StreetO to PseudO two closely spaced North-South parallel lines appear running through the centre of the UK, with similar parallel lines running East-West. I am sure this has been asked before, but what are these and can I get rid of them before saving a map for use?
    Thanks for help.

    1. Hi Ian – yes, OOM is set up for Score as that is the format that most Street-Os here in the UK use. Adding a point-to-point version would be quite a bit of work as it would then be more than simple point data. It’s something I can do but it’s a couple of days’ work and I can’t yet justify spending the time on it with various other projects on the go.

      The north/south and east/west parallel lines are artifacts of the coastline data files which are split up into blocks – in the PseudO view I include a black border around the coastline. Unfortunately this means the border appears at the edges of each block, as well as on the coastline itself. I was aware of the issue but I don’t think it was raised as a bug before so I hadn’t addressed it. I have now made some changes to the style and layer files for PseudO – specifically, layering the coastline edges so they are draw underneath the land blocks and extrude out from them, rather than being on top as before. I’ve also made water lines borderless to prevent the quirk where their borders are drawn in wider river channels, estuaries etc. This looks better but is slightly less ISOM.

  49. Hola Oliver, un saludo desde colombia, quería preguntarte si piensas en crear usuarios que podamos actualizar el OOM, desde cada pais, popr ejemplo en el Mapa Global, para que no tengas que hacerlo tu si no poder colaborar.

    un saludo

    Jorge Aldana

    ———-
    Hi Oliver, a greeting from Colombia, wanted to ask if you plan on creating users can update the OOM from each country, popr example in the Global Map, so you wont have to do if you can not work.

    a greeting

    Jorge Aldana

  50. Hi Oliver, a greeting from Colombia, wanted to ask if you plan on creating users can update the OOM from each country, popr example in the Global Map, so you wont have to do if you can not work.

    a greeting

    Jorge Aldana

    1. Hi Jorge

      I’ve published the stylesheets online as open data – https://github.com/oobrien/oomap – so these can be used if people want to set up local instances of OOM.

      My current system is very bespoke (and hacky) so it’s not practicable for me at the moment to put the entire system online – however, apart from these stylesheets, it is mainly off-the-shelf – the bespoke/hacky bit is just putting it together.

      I am happy to update the global database more frequently than once a year, if I know that it is being regularly used outside of the UK. Additionally, if specific countries/orienteering federations are interested in custom additions, that is something I can potentially set up too.

  51. Hi, anychance you could update the area around low cranecleugh. I have updated some new buildings and tree lines in that area and was looking at putting up a few orienteering courses.
    Thanks

    1. Hi – this should be on there now – there’s a 24-48 hour lag. If there’s still detail missing (and check on the PDF map – your browser can cache some old image tiles) then let me know a very specific example (e.g. paste in a zoomed-in link from OpenStreetMap showing the new detail) and I’ll do a forensic investigation.

  52. Hi Oliver

    Greetings from the sunny Gold Coast of Queensland where the magnetic declination is 11 degrees East.

    Have you thought of including a rotation parameter when generating a map?

    I want to be able to load the map into OCAD as a background map and geo-reference it, so a Lat/Long grid of some sort would also be very useful. I concede that this makes the rotation unnecessary.

    Better still, a geo-referenced JPG download would be perfect!

    Cheers
    Mark

    1. Hi Mark, I haven’t ever thought about that, the project was developed primarily for Street-O maps in London in the UK, and opening it up to the rest of the world is a bit of a bonus. However, I do appreciate that magnetic declination is indeed not as small everywhere as it is in London, so it’s a feature certainly worthy of consideration if a sponsor could be found for the necessary development time.

  53. Hi

    Why am I not able to see the orienteering map when I zoom in close. Because I need to continue making my orienteering map with the control sites for a club night on Wednesday.

    Thanks
    Oliver

    1. Hi Oliver – The tile server was offline on Monday morning, following an unplanned powercut at the weekend. The server did not come up cleanly following the powercut, so Monday morning was spent recovering it. It should all be fine now.

  54. Your mapping program looks to be just what I was needing for my Urban-O this month. My club’s current map is very out of date and I was trying to figure out how to update it! Now I can, though my problem is that our maps have always been at a 1:12000 scale (which I guess is weird) – is there anyway I can set the scale at that ratio?
    Or at least some kind of custom ratio? I can’t quite get all the roads I want @ 10000 and 12500 seems to be too much.

    1. Hi Chris, 1:12500 is very similar to 1:12000 – it only shows 8-9% more land. Re custom paper sizes, which sizes would you be interested in. Both custom scales and custom sizes are relatively straightforward to program but take a certain amount of time and also potentially adding in more buttons would clutter the interface somewhat.

      1. Hi Ollie, I found out our map scale had been wrong the whole time!
        Also, the paper size didn’t seem to matter much, we figured it out after exporting to pdf and messing around with some settings, though it kept wanting to cut off the right/bottom edge.
        Unfortunately I couldn’t figure out how to move controls once I’d placed them on your website. I ended up exporting the map to Purple Pen, but thanks so much for at least getting me a great template to start from! The countdown is on for our event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1578272869099946/

        1. Hi Chris – you can’t move controls once replaced, but you can delete them and place new ones nearby with the same numbers – it’s only a couple more clicks than dragging them, as long as you remember the number/score/clue. Regarding sheet size, it’s possible that you were going for printing on US paper sizes. These aren’t quite the same as standard A3/A4 sizes. Finally, regarding margin cutoff, it’s important to print the sheets with no margin, otherwise they will misalign or shrink slightly.

  55. Hi Oliver,
    I’m wondering whether you can assist with a conundrum please? I’m in the process of cobbling together a Street O in Faversham for the current Kent Night Cup series. Setting up a score course using your fantastic tool has been really easy. The resulting PDF looks very fine, however, when I print off a copy some of the footpaths disappear.

    I’ve tried to print via both of my printers and I get the same missing paths. Any ideas what I’m doing wrong?

    Thanks
    Brendon

    1. Hi Brendon, that sounds very odd. Could you email me the PDF concerned and detail which of the footpaths are disappearing when printing? I’ll see if I can replicate the problem. My address is o.obrien (at) outlook.com

  56. Hi
    Great map resource – however, today and last night the map disappears when you zoom in to get the orienteering map. Just wondered if there was a problem
    Cheers
    Steve

    1. Yes, the tile server was powered down as the building it was had electrical works on the Tuesday morning. Should have been all fine by mid-morning.

  57. Hi,
    I have used this successfully in the past but this evening when I tried to load a saved map or to zoom in on the same area I only get contours. Any idea what I am doing wrong.

    Thanks,
    Sarah

  58. Ollie
    Was trying to use OOM yesterday to create a street map for an evening event for one of my club colleagues and kept getting the blank pink squares when I zoomed in. The same is happening this morning. Is this a problem with the tile server mentioned in previous posts?
    Thank you

  59. Hi,

    Could you tell me if there are issues with the server? I’m only seeing blank tiles when I zoom in to street level

    Thanks

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