[OSM-talk] Using OSM as database for nature park hiking routes?

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Tue Aug 13 22:40:34 UTC 2019

Are any of their routes already in OSM?

If not then pick an existing route local to the area and show them it using


Click on the elevation profile - auto generated.
And people can download a gpx file for the route.

And they can generate their own maps - print them out without copyright 
fees (though donations would be appreciated) and sell/give them away ..

On 14/08/19 06:17, Bernd Vogelgesang via talk wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I need some guidance from the assembled wisdom, concerning hiking
> routes, information-maps and signposts.
> I got involved with a nature park in Germany, which wants to start an
> initiative to collect all existing local hiking routes (230) in the area
> (ca. 1600 km), and produce orientation maps (ca. 100) in collaboration
> with max. 40 municipalities.
> So they ask me about what kind of database they should use to work on
> this topic with QGIS and with the system of a specialized company.
> I got not much information till now, but from what I see so far, there
> is no need to keep a special database on those routes as all could be
> planted into OSM and that they do not need to buy themselves in a
> locked-up proprietary system.
> The big question is now, what is the most elegant way for those not very
> tecky people to import/export the data of "their" routes and "their"
> orientation maps and signposts when I'm not around?
> The merits I earned with OSM so far is buying a book in 2013 and
> digitizing some meadows around my village and using some data in QGIS,
> but I already started to investigate the wiki for clever usage of tags 
> etc.
> So, what do you think? Should I start the fight for the usage of OSM and
> against that proprietary stuff or should I stay calm, take the money and
> let them do what seems to be the easy way?
> Cheers,
> Bernd
> p.s. As a background map for their routes, they would like to have
> OpenTopoMap ;)
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