With emphasis given on the local knowledge, regional map content can be easily addded to OpenStreetMap and the same
data can be used in many interesting ways.
One such use can be creating regional language maps.
And in multilingual country like India, digitally available regional language maps can be quite useful.
Thanks to Arun, we were able to create one at the
Bengaluru Mapping Party
with Mapbox Studio in Kannada and I thought its worth sharing it. :)
Below are few simple steps to create Maps in Kannada(should work for any Indic language) using OpenStreetMap data
with Mapbox Studio:
- Download and install the Mapbox Studio Classic.
- Then download the data from OpenStreetMap
and use the same data source to a new project in your Mapbox Studio.
- Create a new project with any of the given styles in Mapbox Studio(I had used OSM Bright 2).
Now add your map data as the data source for the style.
- Create a new style file and style your data with labels of specific language. Here's my style file used for
Learn more on styling your data from Mapbox guides
- If you don't get the fonts right from the availble default fonts, copy the unicode fonts of your language to
fonts/ folder of your Mapbox projects directory.
Your full-fledged localized map should be ready now and
you can upload it to your Mapbox account to easily share it with everyone.! Here's mine.!!