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Adding Parking Aisles in OpenStreetMap

8:31 pm PHT

As far as I know, aside from OpenStreetMap, there is no other online mapping service that would extensively show parking aisles in parking lots. (You know, those lanes where you drive around hoping to catch an empty parking spot?) In OSM, parking aisles (tagged in the OSM database as “service=parking_aisle”) are simply specialized types of service roads ("highway=service”). So I’ve been quite crazy the past several weeks adding parking aisles to some parking lots. See the results below showing SM Southmall and Alabang Town Center with parking aisles in their parking lots marked.

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I’m sure that some would find such trivialities quite useless but hey, anyone can add almost any level of detail to OpenStreetMap if one deems it useful. Some people even suggest to mark out all the individual stores inside shopping centers (and then adding opening hours and telephone numbers) but that’s one line I’m not willing to cross because it makes the data a maintenance nightmare. At least parking aisles don’t change as much and make for pretty-looking maps!  :-P

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On 10:33 a.m., 19 Sep 2009, wayne manuel wrote:

I agree that they’re pretty.

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On 1:31 a.m., 20 Sep 2009, seav wrote:

Hey wayne! Yup, I also like how the map stylesheet displays them as thinner lines.  :-)

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On 6:09 p.m., 7 Oct 2009, Garry wrote:

Good to see the Maps with the added details.I differ with you on the Shopping Mall details.Just imagine how much information could be made handy! Yes this requires a day long maintenance as something or the other would require upkeep for such maps but just evaluate this with the business point of view.So much employment generation for website maintenance and the revenue the site could generate from such maps.For e.g.MNC brands advertising on the map itself! just think about this.This service could me made paid but this would lower down the traffic as people who are in a hurry won’t be interested in first paying and then searching the boring maps

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