One of the most respected names in Geography joined us in the latest edition of Hangouts. Michael Goodchild came by and hit on digital earth, crowdsourcing and VGI. Digital Earth apps have always interested me and hopefully, we’ll see some work put into them in the next few years. If you missed the discussion you can watch it here or go to the WeoGeo Video page to review the IRC log.
We ran out of time so we’ll try and get Michael back on to talk about research and education in Geography.
Now there are lots of ways to download OSM data on the web. Some of them are fun XML formats that make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Some are in SHP format that while usable on many different platforms, are stuck with all the stupid limitations of DBF. Well we think we have a better way.
OSM data is on the WeoGeo Market and you can download it just how you do any WeoGeo dataset. Zoom to an area you want, define the area you wish to clip out. Re-project the data if you don’t like WGS84. Deliver it in one of many formats. We default to the FGDB because it gives us the flexibility to deliver the data without having to screw with field names or such. But you can also request the data in DWG, KML, GML (yea, who doesn’t want OSM data in GML), FFS (for use with Safe FME) and CSV (no spatial data obviously). We do plan to add SHP and TAB soon, but in a way that doesn’t cause too many compromises with the database.
Hey look, I’m extracting data using my initials! Now that’s professional GIS!
We’re building the tiles worldwide to support this so please check back often if the tileset isn’t complete in your neck of the world. We started with the Western USA and then moved east, so use that as a guide. We going to update this dataset monthly, but we might increase that depending on how things work out.
You can also select only the Map Features you are interested in. Today we have Amenities, Boundaries, Buildings, Places, and Highways with the rest arriving soon. This should make it much easier to use only the features you need, rather than having to parse them out after a download.
Don’t waste map features, use only the ones you need
We’re excited about having all the OSM data available and up to date on WeoGeo Market for free. I encourage you all to give it a shot and download what you need in the format you need. If you’ve got suggestions, we are all ears, just let us know what you think.
In today’s special episode Steve Coast joins Madeline and me to talk about OSM, State of the Map Conference, geocoding, WOEID, and rooftop addressing. Plus we hear how Steve is personally responsible for at least one baby being born.
This week’s hangout is a day early and a special time. We go live at 1:15pm today (Tuesday) because I’ll be traveling to keynote the South Florida GIS Expo tomorrow. We’ll be talking about OpenStreetMap, why the licensing is difficult to get right, and how the OSM project has major momentum now that it’s part of Apple, Microsoft, MapQuest, Foursquare and MapBox.
Remember, this episode goes live at a special time: 1:15 pm Pacific Time, Tuesday, Oct. 9th. Point your IRC client to #hwjf on chat.freenode.net or use the web client on the video page.
This week’s hangout broadcasts live from URISA’s 50th GIS-Pro conference in Portland, Oregon. James Fee, Madeline and Amy Esnard, President of Oregon URISA, will chat about conference highlights, including novel GIS applications, GIS service projects, and the role of URISA in today’s world. In the second half of the show, we’ll also be joined by URISA president Greg Babinski. I’m looking forward to discussing URISA and how it has changed in the last 50 years.
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Google best clean this stuff up. I’ve gone ahead and “reported” the problem so hopefully it will be removed here soon, but how can one build routing and other online apps on an API that has data which is so inconsistent? I guess it is up to the community to fix Google’s maps for them.
400 years is a long time and I’m glad Google was able to get this cleaned up. I can only hope it doesn’t take Apple that long so my son can enjoy a working maps application on his iPhone before he dies.