[Imports] US Golf Courses from GNIS

Golf Geek golfgeek2011 at hotmail.com
Wed Dec 21 22:05:58 UTC 2011

After reviewing the Import/Guidelines wiki, I realize I should have posted here first, but here's a quick "after action report" on a recent import. Better late than never. :)
I noticed that although USGS GNIS data had been imported into OSM in the past, the US golf course locations provided as GNIS Locales had not been included.
So, I retrieved GNIS Locales with "Golf" in the name from http://geonames.usgs.gov/ and saved them as OSM nodes, using these tags:
gnis:Class = Localegnis:County = [various]gnis:ST_alpha = [various]gnis:id = [various]leisure = golf_coursename = [various]source = USGS GNIS
>From the list of ~6000 nodes, I removed any that overlapped with existing OSM golf_course nodes or ways.
The remaining 4421 nodes were then added as Changeset 10168800.
The data license is OK (USGS GNIS has been used before), and the new nodes should not screw up existing data (although I am sure they are not perfect), so hopefully this import will be a good starting point for further manual edits.
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