[Imports] U.S.-Mexico border fence update

Max Erickson maxerickson at gmail.com
Tue Jan 24 15:23:03 UTC 2017

Hi Michael-

Can you move in the direction of treating OSM as your canonical
source? Overpass API/Overpass Turbo offers a convenient way to
retrieve the data from OSM:


If you click "export" there, you can get geojson. Understandable that
there might be some difficulties organizationally, but not having to
do merges is a big win.

As far as getting your current changes added to OSM, if you are
familiar with JOSM, the OpenData plugin and the "Replace Geometry"
tool from utilsplugin2 might at least remove some of the pain of
updating the features that are in OSM. I would guess that lots of
manual work is going to be the best way to sync the data up.


On Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 5:12 PM, Michael Corey <mcorey at revealnews.org> wrote:
> Hello:
> (Also posted in talk-us)
> Several years ago I did a lot of work adding sections of the U.S.-Mexico
> border fence to OSM. In light of the new U.S. president's intention to
> expand the fence/wall system, I have been updating that work for our
> news organization. We have now mapped the entire existing fence with
> significantly more official data and more information about individual
> segments.
> I would like to share this work back into OpenStreetMap, but it may be
> difficult to modify or sync up with my old work, since I have
> changed/added/subtracted significant features.
> Does anyone have thoughts on how to do this most efficiently and without
> causing major headaches? I would like to share the maps on both OSM and
> on Github, so I will need some kind of workflow to keep everything
> synced up.
> The current fence is captured by this relation:
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/2266294
> Any advice people have from past experience would be most welcome.
> Thanks much,
> --
> Michael Corey
> Senior News Applications Developer
> o: 510.809.3178
> twitter: @mikejcorey
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