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:
|UK||Daily at 8am||Yes (10m from OS Terrain 50)||Orienteering Foundation||British Orienteering (2012-4), Orienteering Foundation (2017)*|
|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.
- Mapnik stylesheets for the maps – open source
- Announcement on blog (version 1 – 2009)
- Announcement blog (version 2 – 2013)
- Announcement on my work blog
- Announcement in my OpenStreetMap diary
- Some unrelated work people have done with orienteering maps and OSM