[Imports] Bulk import the POIs of worldwide chain of stores

Bryce Nesbitt bryce2 at obviously.com
Wed Feb 5 21:58:37 UTC 2014

There are not standard tools for this, and there are a variety of opinions
on the topic.

There are a few, mostly one off, tools for synchronization.  An example
is osmsync_noaa_nexrad.py
( http://svn.openstreetmap.org/imports/ongoing/osmsync_noaa_nexrad.py )


   1. Loads http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/radar/nexrad.kmz , a OSM
   licence-compatible file listing US government weather radar stations.
   2. Loads all radar station nodes from OSM.
   3. Conflates the data (compares it).  The OSM geometry is always
   respected, but other fields come from the source.
   4. Creates a JOSM changeset file, for a human to load and apply.  This
   is set up for use with the TODO plugin.

One challenge is that editors are free to significantly change data that's
in OSM, and may intentionally or inadvertently damage the tags used for
conflation.  The above import for example depends on the source key, and
works better if* source:pkey* is preserved.  Mostly it's not a problem, but
with thousands of chain stores over multiple countries that's likely to be
more of a hassle.
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