I need to create about a 9-level deep SLIPPY map of the world from OSM data (for offline use). So I cannot use the MapQuest, CloudMade, etc. servers). The projection must be EPSG4326 (LL84) which is another reason I cannot use them. The viewer is Leaflet which I have working fine with EPSG4326 tiles (currently I am diced the NASA Blue Marble to 9 levels).
I like the look of the mapquest tiles the best:
but I could deal with others. The main reason I like MapQuest is the worldwide english labeling (with foreign subtitles) and the look of the topographic terrain (useful in regions with no roads).
Tools that I have at my disposal include FME Professional (my favorite), QGIS, PostGIS 2.0, and GDAL. I am working on a large Windows 7SP1 box.
I cannot use cloud services like like mentioned in the following article at OSM.org:
- See Switch2Osm.org for more information on serving your own tiles.
- Tiledrawer is a free, quick-start, out-of-the-box renderer and server using the standard OSM toolchain for Amazon EC2, other virtual servers, and fresh installs of Ubuntu on any hardware.