[Imports] Looking for POI datasets

Elliott Plack elliott.plack at gmail.com
Wed Oct 21 23:21:05 UTC 2015


Cool idea! I have a number of datasets in mind, but the two most foremost
are ones created by local governments to inventory all their facilities
(schools, police stations, fire depts). A lot of that gets added to the map
already, so it could provide for some good QC.

The other is a gov't maintained POI dataset used in 911 dispatch (when a
caller doesn't know the address of the POI they're in). I would one day
like to do some kind of ETL to get some of that in OSM, but I also like to
survey these things.

Let me know if you want them to test.


On Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 10:59 AM Sander Deryckere <sanderd17 at gmail.com>

> Hi,
> 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
> suggestions.
> Regards,
> Sander
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