Cool new Static Maps API for OpenStreetMap – GSOC Project

Pawel Niechoda, the student I was mentoring as part of the Google Summer of Code OpenStreetMap projects, has passed with flying colours by developing a very cool way to put OSM maps on your website, quickly and easily and with no javascript!

The Static Maps API helps with embedding map images into any website, and it has a wide range of markers and configuration options.

Simple one-line example:,-47.2,71,-50&width=400&height=250

For example: a map with transparent polygons:

and ones with markers

I think the scale bar rocks too.

You can get the code here:

OpenStreetMap had 6 projects this year with GSOC:

  • Preprocessor to add altitude info to OSM data
  • Android navigation application using OSM data
  • Profile based traffic routing
  • OSM direction too for visually impaired
  • Automatic street sign detection and reading
  • Static Maps API

I really enjoyed being a mentor, and was very fortunate to have a very capable student to work with! Cheers Pawel!

Where2Now Conference – 10th Nov. Harrogate

Make a date for your diaries, 10th November is the Where2Now Conference in Harrogate. It’s being run by the AGI North Group. It will be well worth going to. There’s loads of excellent speakers and geo-luminaries (from such places as Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft / Bing, Ordnance Survey, OpenStreetMap etc) lined up:

Keep your eyes peeled for ticket info. In the meantime there’s a linkedIn events page.

I’ll also be speaking: about Open Historical Maps & the MapWarper project and it’s application to the New York Public Library – here are some slides about it for a taster.

The AGI North Group runs free monthly presentations across the North. I’ve blogged about some here (Service & Suppliers), here (NHS Health & DMA) and here (OSM).  Last week we were rewarded with an excellent presentation by Dr. Alun Junes about UKMap – the product that seeks to beat Ordnance Survey’s hold on the country.

AGI North Facebook group and the main group pages within the AGI website.