[Talk-us] Public Domain Non-GPS Data Question

Christopher Schmidt crschmidt at metacarta.com
Tue Feb 24 16:17:35 GMT 2009

On Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 07:38:03AM -0800, Spencer Riddile wrote:
> Christopher,
> I sent an email to the GIS Coordinator of Blacksburg to check whether the data is public domain.
> Cool!  Do you have your own hosted version of OSM and that is how you were able to add the buildings?  If I get permission to upload those other layers, what method do you recommend?

Nope. What I've done is:
 * Set up Mapnik + OGC Server to serve a WMS. 
 * Opened qgis, a Desktop GIS Client. 
 * Added the OSM WMS
 * Opened the map properties, checked the 'enable on the fly
   transformation' checkbox
 * Added the blacksburg, va "Buildings" layer.
 * Export to PNG.

(One of the things that people tned to fail to take into account in OSM
is that there are pretty great GIS visualization tools out there

Using OSM tools, I'd recommend the 'polyshp2osm' tool in
http://svn.openstreetmap.org/applications/utils/import/shp2osm/ , but
you'll need some technical expertise to manage the conversion and the
upload. If you don't have any, there may be other people on this list
who could help with conversion and managing the upload.

Christopher Schmidt

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