[OSM-dev] OSM Data Question from FireGirl

Andy Robinson (blackadder) blackadderajr at googlemail.com
Wed Feb 13 10:26:17 GMT 2008

Fire Girl wrote:
>Sent: 12 February 2008 10:40 PM
>To: dev at openstreetmap.org
>Subject: [OSM-dev] OSM Data Question from FireGirl
>Hello, I am new to this group and hoping someone can help me. I like the
>open street mapping concept and want to work with this data desperately in
>my own pool. :) I basically have a couple of questions,
>*|*) Can OSM data be purchased in a database/table format? Or open source
>in some big glob (huge) format? :-)

All the openstreetmap data is available freely under the CC-BY-SA 2.0
licence. To get it all you need the weekly planet file which is an XML
format file containing all the current data. More at
Its big, so if you only want data for a particular region/aspect you can
either extract a subset of it using tools that are available or query the
extended api (which is separate from OSM but built using the planet data).
More at http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/Osmxapi

>......secondly, well, mostly I am working with some new dev tools to work
>with this data, ... and strongly prefer having my own as current as
>possible data to work from. Anyone have any ideas how to get there? :-)

Gathering and entering your own data is quite simple but does require some
basic learning. Suggest you read the beginners guide to get a feel:



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