[OSM-dev] New tool to convert from OSM to SHP

Milo van der Linden mlinden at zeelandnet.nl
Wed Mar 12 13:24:55 GMT 2008

I vote for ogr2ogr too! It is a tool i use for every GIS conversion 

OSGeo has officialy been accepted as Google Summer of Code mentoring 
organization. They have some ideas regarding GDAL/OGR, one of them being 
the read functions for KML.

Perhaps we can join forces to see if a project can be started for OSM 
read/write functions in ogr2ogr?


Ludwig schreef:
> I would strongly support the motion to implement this as an ogr2ogr 
> module: it avoids duplication, is part of a framework, runs everywhere 
> and is widely distributed and will thus have great potential of 
> widening the user community of OSM data.
> There are modules that translate shapefiles into/from KML and doing a 
> similar one for OSM XML should be not too difficult.
> ogr2ogr will be less work with more impact -- and very welcome indeed.
> Ludwig
> On 11/03/2008, *Ciprian Talaba* <cipriantalaba at gmail.com 
> <mailto:cipriantalaba at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Let me try to answer this step by step:
>     On Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 1:92 PM, Milo van der Linden wrote:
>         I would like to join your project on Google Code. I am a C#
>         and vb.net <http://vb.net/>
>         professional and have good experience with data conversion.
>     I would add you to the project first thing tomorrow. Your help
>     will be welcome.
>     On Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 6:50 PM, Karl Newman wrote:
>         Why don't you write it as a driver for ogr2ogr? (www.gdal.org
>         <http://www.gdal.org/>) That's an oft-requested utility, which
>         would open up a wide variety of export formats. You could
>         start with read-only OSM access (which is effectively what
>         you're doing now). 
>     I didn't know anything about ogr2ogr before reading this. I would
>     like to proceed
>     on this path as one of the things that is motivating me is that I
>     have a chance
>     to code in C# after more than a year, and I am missing that.
>     If I have time I would have a look at ogr2ogr as C/C++ experience
>     is not missing,
>     as my regular job is embedded engineer.
>     On Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 8:14 PM, Frederik Ramm
>     <frederik at remote.org <mailto:frederik at remote.org>> wrote:
>         Does Jochen's Ruby Lib
>         (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/OSMLib)
>         not work on Windows? It's highly configurable and generally
>         creates
>         any type and number of shapefiles you want...
>     I found this library while searching for a conversion tool but I
>     thought that the
>     it is now very simple to use, compared to an .Net application.
>     Also I have
>     no experience with Ruby :(
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