Openstreetmap/Overpass Mapping Project Openstreetmap/Overpass Mapping Project

May 15, 2021


I am looking at re-launching my London website using Openstreetmap with overpass data.

Openstreetmap tags / map features

I have created a demo page to show the map features from the list above. Try entering these in the search box on the demo page

  • shop=butchers
  • landuse=allotments
  • amenity=restaurant
  • sport=soccer
  • highway=bus_stop
  • name=Morrisons
  • shop
  • twitter
  • facebook
  • website

What I would like to do is create 2 subpage templates which pull the query from the url

  • local area eg. Chiswick /location/chiswick
  • features eg. Butchers /shop/butchers

At first i would like to start with a simple site, but structure it, so it is easy to add features in the future.

I had Laravel in mind as I am used to developing with that, but not sure the best way to get this mapping included.


  1. What mapping framework would you use to build this? I have looked into Leaflet.js for this demo.
  2. Is there an easy way to output all tags that apply to the UK? eg. aerialway=t-bar isnt really relevant as there are no ski-resorts in London
  3. How can I update the details for each business? whats the best way to get involved with the data here.
  4. What is the difference between tags and map features. I wanted to show a friend an asian supermarket in hammersmith called Thai Smile - was wondering what is the tags/info for this place. Is this all the data that is stored for Thai Smile
  5. I would like to see a map with all the tags / map features and ALL data for an area to see what is available. Would this be easier to do offline / locally?
  6. Can I use tags on the demo page map?
  7. What are the best tools i can easily install on debian linux? I installed merkaartor a map editor for, and this allowed me to see the data stored for each entry. But where is this info actually visible on a map? There are shops that say they have a bing:photograph, but where is this visible? This is the data I would like to access and use. I would also update it too if I can use this how I hope I can.

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