[talk-au] [OSM-talk] bulk loading towns/cities locations

Paul mylists at wilsononline.id.au
Wed Nov 21 05:16:31 GMT 2007

Whats the state of the loading of towns, I found that Tura Beach wasn't loaded (around 
Merimbula) , I've added in now, just curious if your doing it one area-at-a-time

Thanks for your work so far.


On 17/11/2007 7:28 AM, Brent Easton wrote:
> Hi Mike,
> Thanks for the offer, but once I got going, it wasn't that much work. All names are in now accross all NSW. Sydney has already been re-rendered. Just needs a little cleanup here and there.
> Regards,
> Brent.
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> On 15/11/2007 at 3:04 PM Michael Collinson  wrote:
>> Brent,
>> I'd be happy to help out with Sydney as I guess most of the existing 
>> place names were added by me.  I'm replying to you as well as the au 
>> list as I'm not a member (I've absconded to Europe) and it may bounce.
>> Mike
>> At 12:01 AM 11/15/2007, Brent Easton wrote:
>>> Hi Paul,
>>> Are you on the talk-au list? I am copying my reply over there.
>>> I have started uploading population centre data for NSW. I have 
>>> tried as best as I can to remove any duplicates before uploading so 
>>> as not to add to any existing towns, but I have probably missed a few.
>>> I have done most of southern and western NSW and am starting on 
>>> Northern NSW.  The specification of town size is a bit dodgy as you 
>>> have seen and may need some adjustment.
>>> I have been uploading by Local Government Area (LGA). I have not 
>>> touched the ,major cities yet, but I also have data for all suburbs 
>>> of Canberra, Sydnet and Newcastle. This will more of a problem to 
>>> merge. Who would like to help? I can provide the full data for a 
>>> given LGA in an Excel spreadsheet that automatically generated a 
>>> suitable .osm file for loading into JOSM, or I can just supply the 
>>> final .osm file.
>>> Let me know which LGA's you are interested in and I will send. Reply 
>>> to the talk-au list.
>>> Regards,
>>> Brent.
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>>> On 15/11/2007 at 8:34 AM Paul  wrote:
>>>> I see a some towns/villages has been loaded for NSW Australia.. good
>> job..
>>>> now I guess we need to remove duplicates...
>>>> ie remove either the imported marker or existing as I notice some 
>> places
>>>> are marked as
>>>> cities when they are small towns or villages
>>>> Paul
>>>> On 4/11/2007 5:47 PM, Brent Easton wrote:
>>>>> Hi Paul,
>>>>> There are thousands of towns not loaded in Australia!
>>>>> The good news is that there is a free set of data available from the
>>>> Geographical Names Board that specifies every named location in
>> Australia
>>>> and specifies a Lat and Lon.
>>>>> The bad news is that the data is only recorded to the nearest minute
>>>> (from memory) which means that each name can be up to about 1.8km from
>> it
>>>> actual location, and all location with 1.8km of another end up in the
>> same
>>>> place.
>>>>> We can load this data up fairly easily. There is a script that was
>> used
>>>> to load the equivalent data from Ireland.
>>>>> The question is how useful this is, given the (in)accuracy of the
>> data.
>>>> It depends on what the Australian Community think.
>>>>> I can see some advantage to this (if the existing names in Australia
>>>> where removed before the upload) to give a rough location of towns, but
>>>> have always been hesitant because of the innacuracy. It also includes
>>>> locations for all suburbs in cities, and these will just end up piled on
>>>> top of each other .
>>>>> Regards,
>>>>> Brent.
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>>>>> On 4/11/2007 at 4:23 PM Paul  wrote:
>>>>>> Is there a feature to bulk load the location of 
>> towns/villages/cities
>>>>>> etc..? ie just the marker for its location (not the ways)
>>>>>> I found that there maybe several towns not loaded into OSM for
>> Australia
>>>>>> , so would it be easier to load these placemakers into the system in
>>>> Bulk?
>>>>>> Paul

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