[OSM-talk] importing shapefile data to OSM

Ian Dees ian.dees at gmail.com
Wed Oct 28 20:45:07 GMT 2009

On Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 3:38 PM, John Callahan <john.callahan at udel.edu>wrote:

> Ian/Serge,
> Thanks for the pointers.  It didn't hit until I read the wiki pages you
> referred to that editing is inherently different than importing, and that
> what I am doing is really bulk importing.  And the idea is to first convert
> to .osm format locally, then upload to OSM.   I'll look more into shp2osm
> and shp-to-osm.
> Something I'm missing, once the data is in osm format, how do I get it into
> OSM?   Can I continue to edit the osm manually, such as with a background
> image/WMS service?   Is this where "importing" turns into "editing" and I
> should use JOSM, etc...?

In my experience, it's best to open this data up in JOSM and use its WMS
plugin to do the editing. You can also download existing OSM data and
compare what you have with what's already there.

Feel free to ask me any questions, too.
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