Digital Geography

Exploring OSM Israel/Palestine

In this post I’ll show how to explore (or data mine) Open Street Map data and use features off-line that normally can be hard to get. Many use http://download.geofabrik.de to download zipped shapefiles to be used directly in GIS systems, but are surprised when it does not contain as much data as the same area in Open Street Map on-line. You can still use geofabrik.de but download the *.osm.bz2 files instead. They include raw data from OSM that needs to be processed in order to be used in QGIS or other GIS applications. In QGIS there’s a tool in theā€¦