[Imports] Looking for POI datasets

Sander Deryckere sanderd17 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 21 14:56:48 UTC 2015


I'm developing a tool called POI Importer (
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/POI_Importer ). It's a combination of QA
and community-powered import.

The aim is that different databases of POIs will be uploaded to the tool,
then the tool will compare it with the existing OSM data, and allows users
to import the POI one by one in their area.

I tried to combine the following:

   - Local verification: by showing the points on a map (instead of picking
   a random one like maproulette), the users will most likely stay close to
   the area they know well, which lowers the chance of copying errors.
   - Support for multiple tags at once: many POI datasets contain multiple
   tags. Think about name, operator, opening hours, contact info, ... Some of
   that data might be already in OSM, some not.
   - Data is easy to update: The comparison with OSM happens live (thanks
   to Overpass API), so it's just a matter of updating the 3rd party data when
   there's a new dataset available

So far, I've been developing with the dataset of our PT bus company (see
http://poi-importer.github.io/#map=14/50.9343/4.0518&datasets=BE_dl ) this
data is rather dense, which was ideal to test the speed.

Now I'm looking to find other datasets. Thinking of big chains with a
number of shop locations, or certain umbrella groups representing a number
of small enterprises. These companies will usually have no (or fewer)
problems with giving that data away for free (it's free publicity for
them). So I think we should be able to find some usable databases.

Does anyone currently have POI datasets that could be used?

Off course, I'm willing to help when anyone has questions, and I'm open to

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