Custom/simplified maps with OpenHeatMap and/or OpenStreetMap
I’m working on a project with OpenHeatMap, which overall seems like a great, simple well-executed project. It’s meeting all my needs, except it relies on OpenStreetMap for its mapping, and I can’t find a way to reduce the level of detail it presents. Ideally, I’d like it to simply show a very high-level view of one state, and keep out the clutter, but I can’t find any way to do this on either OpenStreetMap or OpenHeatMap.
Any advice? OpenHeatMap allows you to set your map tile source, but I also couldn’t find another source besides OSM.
This might not be super helpful because OpenHeatMap seems to be written from scratch, but....
Here's the list of base layer types that OpenLayers supports. http://docs.openlayers.org/library/layers.html#raster-layers
It supports getting imagery from Google/Bing/Yahoo or a couple of other services, or set up your own map imagery server (with a simplified set of OSM data if necessary).
Maybe looking through the OpenLayers source and documentation to see how they bring in those other tile sources will help you figure out how to bring them into OpenHeatMap?
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