[HOT] QGIS and OSM and..

john o'l ol.john.el at gmail.com
Sun May 10 04:15:39 UTC 2015

Hi Clifford,

Well, I've come to believe you are right, the other editors are better
suited for editing data into OSM. I'd probably be using JOSM already if I
hadn't run into "the memory issue" that I'm still not sure I've corrected,
 On top of that, QGIS is a tool that I can directly apply to my work, while
editors specifically for OSM are not -- so I was able to spend far more
time and energy getting to know it ...well enough to find how much I was
led astray by the statement under OpenStreetMap Plugin (obsolete) in
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/QGIS (This page was last modified on 11
March 2015, at 18:44)
"QGIS OSM Plugin <http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/QGIS_OSM_Plugin> lets
you load in vector data from OpenStreetMap, and even edit and upload your
changes." where "obsolete" apparently refers to the functionality as a
whole, not just an outdated plugin.


On Sat, May 9, 2015 at 8:12 PM, Clifford Snow <clifford at snowandsnow.us>

> John,
> I use QGIS regularly. Personally I believe the OSM editors, iD, Potlatch,
> and JOSM are better suited for editing data. Someone I know is very
> comfortable with QGIS tried using it as an OSM editor. I don't think he
> succeeded. As a tool for working with OSM data to give to others QGIS can't
> be beat. Extract the information using overpass, load it into QGIS and you
> can easily produce customized maps for your audience.
> Clifford
> On Sat, May 9, 2015 at 7:26 PM, john o'l <ol.john.el at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Alas, the simple options that appeared to allow QGIS to make direct OSM
>> uploads seem to have disappeared with updates over the past few years and I
>> lack the technical chops to code an appropriate tool.
>> QGIS seems to prefer creating shape (SHP) files, and I found that copying
>> and pasting an attribute table will create a text file (I believe tab
>> delimited) of the format:
>> POLYGON((longitude<space>latitude,longitude<space>latitude,...etc)) then
>> attributes/tags. First question is whether anyone has or knows of an easy
>> conversion/upload tool to get this data into OSM? The closest I found still
>> would have had me manipulating python or XML -- I am sure no sensible
>> people really want me to go down that road.
>> Getting to know QGIS has been a treat, by the way. It is great at
>> extracting data from OSM and the imagery services associated with it. For
>> folks having trouble with the free form nature of OSM, it allows sifting
>> and structuring the data in a way that may be quite pleasing.  I can't help
>> but think Spring Harrison might enjoy extracting all the helicopter landing
>> pads and leisure=common in earthquake hit areas and give them a thorough
>> review, producing a shape or text file of his recommended choices.
>> It seems data generated by osm users contained within Google's kmls would
>> be available as long as it was extracted? Surely putting something in an
>> envelope doesn't render it the property of the envelope manufacturer...
>> Anyway, any help or non-coding recommendations would be appreciated!
>> Cheers,
>> John
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