free paper roadmap from maposmatic

Remember those EZ Roadmaps we used to buy? Now you can create a similar map based on Openstreetmap data.

MapOSMatic is a free service that:

allows you to generate maps of cities using OpenStreetMap data. A city map is made of two pages:

* The map itself, splitted in squares allowing to easily look for streets;
* An index of the streets with references to the squares on the map.

The generated maps are available in PNG, PDF and SVG formats and are ready to be printed.

As the data used to generate maps is coming from OpenStreetMap, you can freely (under the terms of OpenStreetMap license) reuse, sell, modify, … the generated maps.

I created my own map of Provident Village. I plan to use this paper map to verify and add more details particularly for Ondoy-damaged roads and structures around the neighborhood this weekend. Here is my job request, and below are the output images.

main map

index map

The data is updated daily, so when you update or add new data in Openstreetmap, you can request a new map the next day with all your updates included. Nice!

The map creation time is very fast (it took less than a minute), however, you may have to wait for a long queue line depending on the request load (mine took 17 hours, maintainers promised it should be quicker in the coming days). Nevertheless, the update is so much faster than the local publisher’s update cycle. 🙂

Everything is open source, so you can roll your own service if you want to. Enjoy!

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