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Topic # 225836 7-Dec-2017 11:44
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We're a print provider for a government department that wishes to use a map to advise a new location for one of their facilities.

 

Having just looked at the current process, it looked like the government department, screenshot the full browser window google maps (alt prtscn), pasted into a word document, cropped to just the window they wanted, then printed the word doc to PDF.  Then we have a process to add it to our print software.

 

Apart form being, as far as I can tell, against Googles rules, it was ugly and take a fair amount of time.

 

So I'm wondering if anyone knows a a low cost, open license map data that can create images.  Preferably with street names only (ie no building/business names).

 

 

 

I get the impression that openstreetmap.org allows for this, but I can't remove the business labels from the image.





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  Reply # 1914532 7-Dec-2017 12:17
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May be similarly work intensive but https://data.linz.govt.nz/ should get around any licensing concerns 

 

Many background map options including high res aerial photos for many areas that are far better quality and resolution than what Gmaps provides (may be a bit dated in some areas though); eg

 

https://data.linz.govt.nz/layer/51769-auckland-05m-rural-aerial-photos-2010-2012/

 

Note that you can download the actual images in one of a few alternative GIS formats so do not need to go down the screen shot route.  If have GIS software would be easy to overlay street names, or could just manually add in a few street names so that focus is on area of interest.

 

 

 

 

License

 

 

 

 

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand

 

 

You may use this work for commercial purposes.

 

You must attribute the creator in your own works.

 

 

 

 

 

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Another alternative is Microsoft Virtual Earth, which you can use directly in a GIS program.  Not certain of license restrictions though.  I recall from long ago that they are less  onerous than Googles(?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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DS248:

 

May be similarly work intensive but https://data.linz.govt.nz/ should get around any licensing concerns 

 

Many background map options including high res aerial photos for many areas that are far better quality and resolution than what Gmaps provides (may be a bit dated in some areas though); eg

 

https://data.linz.govt.nz/layer/51769-auckland-05m-rural-aerial-photos-2010-2012/

 

Note that you can download the actual images in one of a few alternative GIS formats so do not need to go down the screen shot route.  If have GIS software would be easy to overlay street names, or could just manually add in a few street names so that focus is on area of interest.

 

 

 

License

 

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand

 

You may use this work for commercial purposes.

 

You must attribute the creator in your own works.     === Another alternative is Microsoft Virtual Earth, which you can use directly in a GIS program.  Not certain of license restrictions though.  I recall from long ago that they are less  onerous than Googles(?)      

 

Yeah I had a look at them, but I needed to get to a street level, and set a viewport size easily.  As these are going ot have to be instructions I give the government department for supplying us an image. 





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  Reply # 1914601 7-Dec-2017 14:11
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Are you referring to 'StreetView' (eg per Google) or to a street names layer so that you can show street names on the map?

 

 

 

If the latter, and you have GIS software, then street names / road centrelines are also available from LINZ; eg

 

https://data.linz.govt.nz/table/52341-asp-street-sufi-to-landonline-road-name-sufi-mappings/

 

 

 

Or you can manually add in street names.  You could even do that in Photoshop or similar, without GIS software.


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