Project maps based on Open Street Map


The projects based on Open Street Map (OSM), are characterized by highlighting some of the cartographic peculiarities, within the massive collection of open data offered by OSM.

The Thunderforest project uses this data provided by OSM to produce thematic maps of various kinds:

  • Open Cycle Map: shows the network of cycle paths for bicycles
  • Transport: highlights the different road and rail routes available
  • Transport dark: shows the same transport map but with a nocturnal style
  • Landscape: marks the differences between different types of natural landscapes
  • Outdoors: designed for hiking, cycling, skiing and other outdoor sports.
  • Pioneer: Old American West style transportation map, with emphasis on rail lines
  • Mobile Atlas: paper atlas style

For those who love topography, the Open Topo Map project offers a high quality cartography based on the official styles for this representation. Elevation data is obtained from the Shuttle Radar Surveying Mission (SRTM).

Covering only Europe we find MTBmap, a project that arises from the need to make cartography oriented towards the realization of routes for cycling and hiking. The official routes are highlighted, using different colors according to their characteristics.

4UMaps is a project specialized in representing the data that can be useful for trekking, climbing, mountain biking or other outdoor sports. In its cartography, the elements in natural spaces stand out, such as: roads, tracks, peaks, fountains, elevation lines, natural elements, etc.

One of the most interesting projects but unfortunately has declined and has not been updated since 2013 is Map1. eu.  The goal is ambitious, try to recreate an online map with OSM data similar to high quality prints.

Extracting the characteristics of each route, the Waymarked Trails project is nourished. Specialized in obtaining routes for hiking, cycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, skiing or skating. Having a certain homologation in the field as they have been marked and prepared for their practices. An example would be the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago, where we can observe its routes and even download the track from its website.

Another project that offers us thematic layers is GIScience Heidelberg where we can project on the map different elements such as contours of level, shaded relief, roads or administrative boundaries.

Little by little we will try to complete the catalogue of projects that take advantage of the data offered by OSM.