Monday, February 14, 2011

ArcGIS Editor for OpenStreetMap

I recently had a chance to test out ArcGIS Editor for OpenStreetMap (1.1 Beta3), an open source toolbox for interacting with OpenStreetMap (OSM). OSM, a popular open-source data repository, gained extra traction in the US after the Haitian Earthquake. This growth came from NGOs, and from some ArcGIS shops with open source leanings, who advocated on behalf of an extension to OSM from ArcGIS. I've been interacting heavily with OSM in building and maintaining the University of Delaware Map (UD Map). The data schema for UD Map is based on the OpenStreetMap schema, and interfaces with OpenStreetMap for data updates and publishing. As the project demanded it, and as a test of the new tools, I used the toolkit to publish some pending campus base layers. Alas, this trial ended disappointingly, leaving only manual editing of the vector layer. Append, which could have been used to join the vector input to the OSM polygon layer, did not work as expected: The OSM changeset was not updated, and therefore could not be uploaded to OSM for processing. The tools still look very useful for doing manual editing of OSM data and adding OSM data as fully editable vector layers in a map ... and of course, as code to be expanded upon ... this story is to be continued :-)

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