Massachusetts GIS Pruning Import Plan

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This plan describes how Massachusetts mappers propose to remove attributes from the data that was previously imported from MassGIS. This will be multi-step data removal process starting with several attributes from the highway import.

Import Plan Outline

When highways were imported from the Mass GIS database they included three tags that MAY have no value.


To delete the following KEYs based on Value from WAYS and/or NODES

  • source~"mass_gis_import"(both ways & nodes are tagged)
  • attribution~"Office of Geographic" (both ways & nodes are tagged)
  • massgis:way_id=* (only the way is tagged)

These artifact tags are a burden

  • Increasing the size of the database.


Discussion & Consensus Building August-September 2016

Scripting & Testing September-October 2016

Completion December 2016

Import Data

No data will be imported or revised. Data will only be deleted. The source data is from the Mass GIS Imports


Provide links to your sources.

Data source site: http://website.tld
Data license: https://website.tld/license
Type of license (if applicable): e.g. CC-BY-SA, Public Domain, Public Domain with Attribution, etc.
Link to permission (if required): e.g. link to mail list reference url -
OSM attribution (if required):
ODbL Compliance verified: yes/no

OSM Data Files

Link to your source data files that you have prepared for the import - e.g. the .osm files you have derived from the data sources.

Import Type

Identify if this is a one-time or recurring import and whether you'll be doing it with automated scripts, etc.

Identify what method will be used for entering the imported data into the OSM database - e.g. API, JOSM,, etc.

Data Preparation

Data Reduction & Simplification

Describe your plans, if any, to reduce the amount of data you'll need to import.

Examples of this include removing information that is already contained in OSM or simplifying shapefiles.

Tagging Plans

Not Applicable

Changeset Tags

Describe how you'll use changeset tags in the import.

Data Transformation

Not Applicable

Data Transformation Results

Not Applicable

Data Merge Workflow

Not Applicable

Team Approach

Describe if you'll be doing this solo or as a team.


List all factors that will be evaluated in the import.


The Peace-meal Process

In overpass-turbo using the  wizard query.

  • type:way and (source~"massgis_import" or attribution~"Office of Geographic" or massgis:way_id=*) and highway=* in "Bedford,Massachusetts"
  • Select Export
  • Select JOSM


  • Selection Menu - Select All
  • Tags/Membership window, delete tags source, attribution & massgis:way_id
  • Selection Menu - Select All Way Nodes
  • Tags/Membership window, delete Keys source, attribution
  • File menu - Upload Data
  • Upload Window "Provide brief comment...." insert "Deleting legacy massgis tags from original imported data.
  • Source Window "Turbo-Overpass query and type:way and highway=residential in "Massachusetts"
  • Upload

Detail the steps you'll take during the actual import.

Information to include:

  • Step by step instructions
  • Changeset size policy
  • Revert plans


Identify your approach to conflation here.


Add your QA plan here.