WMSPlugin for Openstreetmap – Leeds & out of copyright maps


Example of two Rectified Maps next to each other in JOSM. Firstly i took photo with camera phone of the map, used a graphics package to sticth two together – then used Metacarta’s Map Rectifier to warp them, then entered in the ids (149 and 150) in the Rectified Image Dialg box. It matches up nicely with the existing tracks and segments… These, maps were from the 50’s so Leeds, has changed a bit since then…

platial makes dream reality: lucky penny map

Way back in 1999, I had a free hosted website. (findapenny.crosswinds.net) with the idea of getting people to submit where they found a lucky penny, what happened that day, post pictures, trade and swap lucky pennies. All this depended on web mapping (remember back to 1999) and all I had was a manually made HTML imagemap, so of course nothing happened! Now thanks to Platial , I’m able to do most of this, well, at least allow people to add and share their locations and stories. They’ve featured it on their blog too.

Heres the link to the lucky penny map

Joined up to Platial last year soon after their launch but hadn’t really found something I wanted it to be used for. This way, it’s an “open” map, and so other people can add their experiences, finds, pictures – something that’s ideally suited to Platial.

Looking forward to seeing their mapkit integrate with wordpress better – a side bar is a bit too small for this blog, but would be nicer on a separate page.

edits: here’s a marvellous lucky penny website

wmsplugin JOSM plugin updated

Just a heads up to let you know the WMS Plugin for the JOSM openstreetmap editor has been updated. Major credit should go to Frederik Ramm who did loads of great work on it to get it working much better and look nicer. You can get it here: wmsplugin.jar sources can be got on the svn – http://svn.openstreetmap.org/utils/josm/plugins/wmsplugin/ or here wmsplugin.tar.gz


New menu – clicking on a green WMS menu item will download the image. By default, Landsat and the NPE maps are installed.

Clicking on the “Rectified Image” item pops up a box, enter in the Metacarta Map Rectifer image id (e.g. http://labs.metacarta.com/rectifier/rectify/73 the id= 73 ), click OK, and it will download the image.

There’s even a “help” menu item, saying pretty much what you read here.


Adding a new entry in the WMSplugin preference tab puts it into the WMS menu on the main gui. You can also add in new entries from the advanced preferences (Einstein tab!) using the following schema:

wmsplugin.url.2.name=NPE Maps… etc

Displaying a Metacarta Map Rectifier rectified image doesnt autmatically add a new WMS entry for this. You will have to use the preference page to make one, like the following example, replacing 73 with your image id:


Bugs fixed include the removal of images from when you delete the image layer, so helping memory.

Map of walking times between tube stations

Shortwalk have posted a great map of the time taken to walk between London tube maps (via we-make-money-not-art). Last time I was in London, I eschewed the tube, and went around by foot, and for longer journeys, or when it was raining, the Bus. Walking was so much better, you can see and smell the city, experience how the neighbourhoods change, the people differ, the architecture changes, its great! The tube is quite stressful, and quite expensive! Tube travel is like plane travel between cultures, you pop up into another world, without any real notion of the transitions between start and finish.

Its amazing how close everything is. When you are in the tube, the distances seem so much further. I remember a few years ago getting the tube between Leicester Square and Covent Garden! The tube map although great for planning journeys really does distort distances.

They write:

“Also, when you walk, you dont have to stick to someone else’s plan. Walking means you can pop in to a shop to pick up the newspaper, have a coffee, post a letter, get some loo roll, or buy that Valentine’s gift for your significant other you have been meaning to take care of!

Walking also means you can plan your own route to suit your needs on a given day– if you are late you can take a short cut If you have some time, stop off at the Tate on your way home, or for a drink at the pub with mates.

Walking is about flexibility, and thinking outside of the box!”

Whilst i was there in London, I went on a great free walk (run by a YHA volunteer) to see some famous pubs associated with pirates and smugglers. These were away from the tubes, you wouldn’t have come across these if you were staying to the beaten tube-path. Guided walks are recommended for anyone, resident, frequent visitor, or first time tourist.