The Planet is Very Large

Saturday, 3:00pm – 5 min
Michelle Steigerwalt

Since its inception, OpenStreetMap has been tremendously successful in growing its database of the entire world. With that success, however, comes the technical hurdles of working with all that data, commonly known as the Planetfile. This session will provide an overview of the most compact of the Planetfile formats: the OSM ProtocolBuffer Format (OSMPBF). We’ll cover practical techniques for breaking the data into more manageable chunks, go through a real-world Mapbox usage example, and consider how we might make things even easier in the future.