|Scripted imports and automated edits should only be carried out by those with experience and understanding of the way the OpenStreetMap community creates maps, and only with careful planning and consultation with the local community.
See Import/Guidelines and Automated Edits/Code of Conduct for more information.
Importing (also known as Bulk Importing) is the process of taking some external data source and converting it for use in OSM.
Bulk imports are undertaken as a supplement to data collected by individual volunteers, and their data and ability to work in an area always has priority. Many free potential datasources have been updated into OSM in the past, like AND Data in the Netherlands, TIGER in the United States, and MassGIS in the US state of Massachusetts.
- Import Catalogue
- A list of large scale imports. Please document your imports there so that others have a chance of finding out where that strange data came from and can learn from your experiences.
- Import Guidelines
- Some guidelines on how to import data. Read this if you are planning your own import.
- Description of software and import processes.
- Handling bad imports
- What to do if you discover somebody performing bad imports.
- Potential Datasources - List of datasources which could be imported, with descriptions of licensing status/investigation.
- How Beneficial are Data Imports to OpenStreetMap? – A United States Case Study - Presentation to SotM US 2012, Dennis Zielstra, Pascal Neis, Hartwig H. Hochmair
- Data Imports In OpenStreetMap – Love ‘Em Or Loathe ‘Em? - web article, Martijn van Exel
- Imports and the Community - web article, Matt Amos
- Imports and the Community II - follow up to the prior article, Matt Amos
- Permissions Document your communication with (potential) donators of data an their (dis)allowance of using their data
- Foundation/Import Support Working Group - a group formed by the foundation to facilitate investigation and potential import of datasets.