OpenOrienteeringMap Version 3

OpenOrienteeringMap, the easy online tool for creating street orienteering maps from OpenStreetMap data, has been updated to version 3. Development for this version was kindly funded with a grant from the Orienteering Foundation. New features for version 3 include: Better trees! We now use SVG graphics for lone trees (and monuments). This means they are… Continue reading OpenOrienteeringMap Version 3


Here’s a great idea well executed – MapOnShirt uses OpenStreetMap data and some nice custom styling – and an easy-to-use website, to allow you to design your own T-shirt of anywhere in the world. It works best in large built-up places, particularly across new-world cities with their grid structures and other large-scale planned road topologies,… Continue reading MapOnShirt

OOM 2.3 – Automatic Postbox Additions

As a fun project for OpenOrienteeringMap (OOM) during the Christmas pause, I incorporated a feature requested on the forums of NopeSport that I had actually also been thinking about myself – the automated addition of controls. I’m using Nearest Postbox which is a tool written by the polycoder Matthew Somerville to show postboxes in OpenStreetMap… Continue reading OOM 2.3 – Automatic Postbox Additions

OOM on OpenCageData

I was interviewed by OpenCageData recently, the article appears on their blog and I have reproduced it here: Continuing in our series of interviews with folks doing interesting things in the open geo world, today we enter the realm of domain specific OpenStreetMap variants by talking with Oliver O’Brien, maker of Open Orienteering Map. 1.… Continue reading OOM on OpenCageData

Mapping the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

[Updated – Event webpage here] The southern section of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opens on 5 April. Much of the northern section is already open. I’m considering organising an OpenStreetMap mapping party (likely using Walking Papers as a basemap for people) to map the park in its new, legacy mode. Currently, much of the… Continue reading Mapping the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

OpenOrienteeringMap – Thoughts on a Version 2

I’m hoping to do some significant work on OpenOrienteeringMap (more information) in the near future. Below is a summary of the major features that I am hoping to include, and you are invited to leave your feature requests as comments here too. (I may eventually get around to formalising this in a code repository.) High… Continue reading OpenOrienteeringMap – Thoughts on a Version 2

Olympic Torch Relay – The Unofficial Map

Cross-posted from my research blog. The organisers of next year’s Olympic Games in London, LOCOG, have unveiled their map of the 1000+ places that the Olympic Torch Relay will pass through. The data that the map is built from is readily accessible (as a JSON file that gets downloaded to your computer when you view… Continue reading Olympic Torch Relay – The Unofficial Map