[OSM-talk] importing shapefile data to OSM

Ian Dees ian.dees at gmail.com
Wed Oct 28 19:41:02 GMT 2009

For now, there are two options. One us a python script written by  
chris schmidt. The other is a java app written by me.

The python one is called shp2osm. It requires a bit of programming  
knowhow and some dependency magic, but it allows you to convert a  
little more programmatically.

The java version is an all-in-one solution and will work out of the  
box. It doesn't allow you to do complicated mappings but it will work  
in the majority of cases. Plus if you ask me I will add your requested  
feature pretty quickly.

Shp2osm and shp-to-osm both have links on this wiki page:

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On Oct 28, 2009, at 1:57 PM, John Callahan <john.callahan at UDel.Edu>  

> I have some polygon data (building footprints) and point data  
> (places of
> interest) that I'd like to get into OSM.  I've played around with
> Potlatch over the years, and have plenty of GIS and IT experience, but
> want to get more involved in contributing to OSM.
> For the polygons, there are about 100+ building footprints in a
> shapefile.  What would be a recommended way to load those into OSM?
> I've just started to play with JOSM and the QGIS plugin.  Ideally, I'd
> like to overlay my data (shapefiles) with OSM data locally, put as
> background some WMS services or other imagery (public domain, of
> course!), make any necessary edits, then upload to OSM.
> Any recommended software?   Anything I should watch out for?  Two  
> things
> I can think of are 1) edit my attribute columns to match OSM tags  
> where
> possible, and 2) check to see if these data already exist in OSM (they
> don't for the polys and some do for the points.)   Thanks for any  
> advice!
> - John
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