[OSM-dev] shp2osm.pl

Anthony osm at inbox.org
Wed Sep 30 02:01:34 BST 2009

On Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 8:34 PM, Ian Dees <ian.dees at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 6:58 PM, Anthony <osm at inbox.org> wrote:
> Can we assume the shared ways use shared nodes?  I was planning on making
> that assumption, because I believe it's true for the particular data I'm
> trying to import.  Without that assumption, it's probably too much work for
> the time I have.
> No. In most cases the ways do not share nodes. Almost all of the time, the
> overlapping ways share node locations.

Okay, I was imprecise (a terrible thing when dealing with this topic, so my

Before I dealt with those other problems I was going to be to go through my
data and merge any nodes with shared locations into shared nodes.  I'll
probably do this while importing the data into a database, and it should be
very easy.  I need the database because I want to be able to extract
sections of the data (individual neighborhoods at a time), and I've
currently got a half gig shapefile (which converts to a 1.7 gig .osm file),
which seems to have the polygons in fairly random order.

I'm a little worried there might be situations like this, though:

   |  |
a--b  |
|  |  |
c--d  |
   |  |

With WY overlapping BD, but not sharing any nodes.  If you think you can
attack that situation, I'd be happy to help.

 In any case, I have to worry about converting the multipolygons from the
>> shapefile I have first.  I'm pretty sure there are some, in the standard
>> "holes go clockwise" format, and shp2osm doesn't handle that as far as I can
>> tell.
> My Java version of shp-to-osm handled this automatically. It appears to me
> that the shapefile format follows the same model we do: clockwise for outer
> rings and anti-clockwise for inner rings (e.g. "holes").

I should probably check out the java version.  Does this use the old 0.4
method, or the new multipolygon relations?

I guess using multipolygon relations won't be too bad.  I just leave the
tags off all but one outer way (whatever one has the biggest area?), and
then reference them in a relation (calculating the area to determine

Ugh, it sounds so easy until you get down to the nitty gritty.
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