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The Department of Homeland Security maintains a database of a wide variety of domestic American foundation-level geospatial data. The purpose of this page is to document information on importing this data to OpenStreetMap.

Community Support

Support for import by State
State Region Support
Alabama Statewide Full support
West Virginia Statewide Full support

Import Data


Data Source Site: https://hifld-geoplatform.opendata.arcgis.com/

Data License: Public Domain

Import Type

The idea is for individual datasets to be imported on a state scale if large in size, or at a nationwide scale all at once if the dataset is below around 2,000 objects in size.

Data Preparation

Tagging Plans

On an individual dataset basis, the useful tags should be determined and documented separately.

Changeset Tags

You should include a link to the about page on the HIFLD of the dataset you are importing in the source of your changeset.

Key Value
comment HIFLD (dataset name) Import
import yes
source HIFLD
source:url hifld-geoplatform.opendata.arcgis.com/
source:date varies by dataset. add from the HIFLD website.
import:page https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/HIFLD
source:license CC0-1.0

Data Transformation

Be sure to remove the unneeded tags from every object in the data you are importing either in QGIS or JOSM.

Data Merge Workflow


As mentioned in other parts of this wiki page, data should be imported on statewide or on a county/citywide basis by local mappers or other mappers with the support of the local mapping community.


Tags to remove

Unless it is in the table of tags to convert to OSM, please delete any other tags on databased objects


When you are finished reviewing the data, follow these steps when uploading.

  • 1: add the link to the dataset information page in your source comment.
  • 2: cite the wiki page corresponding to the dataset you are importing's documentation
  • 3: mention the name of the dataset you are importing in the changeset comment, for example: 'Importing HIFLD Cellular Database'.

Data Categories

As of now each data category is documented on a table with a hyperlink to the HIFLD page under the name, A quality rating discerned from a sampling of the data compared to if the location exists in reality, notes about the import including if the import is small enough that it should be taken on all at once on a nationwide scale, and a status column to measure the progress of importing any given dataset.

The goal is to have a wiki page created for each category with instructions written for importing each dataset.


Dataset size is determined with the following method:

Download the dataset and open in QGIS. run the vector processing tool “delete duplicate geometries.” the new count after duplicate geometries are removed is documented on the wiki.


Quality is assessed using the following method:

create a random extract of 100 objects from the dataset in QGIS, examine each object individually and determine if a mapper could reasonably assign the object to a real object for OpenStreetMap. If I couldn't find a corresponding object near the point, I subtract a point against the dataset.

Status values:

Not Documented- Database only recorded with quality and notes, no instructions about conflation or tag interpretation written

Not Started- Documentation written, Import has not been started.

In Progress- Documentation written, Import has been started.

Complete- Import complete.


Main article: HIFLD/United States Poultry Import

This category has 1 suitable dataset.


Main article: HIFLD/Chemicals

This category has 4 suitable datasets.


Main article: HIFLD/Commercial

This category has 2 suitable datasets.


Main article: HIFLD/Communications

This category has 6 suitable datasets.


Main article: HIFLD/Education

This category has 4 suitable datasets.


Main article: HIFLD/Emergency

This category has 4 suitable datasets.


Main article: HIFLD/Energy

This category has 11 suitable datasets.


Main article: HIFLD/Finance

This category has 5 suitable datasets.


Main article: HIFLD/Government

This category has 3 suitable datasets.

Law Enforcement

Main article: HIFLD/Law Enforcement

This category has 2 suitable datasets.

Mail Shipping

Name Quality Notes Status
DHL Facilites Be sure to review type. Good for import. Not Documented
UPS Facilities Dropboxes. Good for import Not Documented
FedEx Facilites Dropboxes. Good for import Not Documented
Shipping Facilites Good for import. Not Documented

Public Health

Main article: HIFLD/Public Health
Name Quality Notes Status
Nursing Homes Good for import. Not Documented
Public Health Departments Good for import. Not Documented
Veterans Health Administration Facilities Good for import/review. Not Documented
Hospitals Needs Review Not Documented

Public Venues

Name Quality Notes Status
Cruise Line Terminals Good for import/review. import nationwide. Not Documented
Fairgrounds Good for import. Not Documented
Libraries Needs review Not Documented

Air Transportation

Name Quality Notes Status
Aircraft Landing Facilities Good for finding helipads. Not Documented

Ground Transportation

Name Quality Notes Status
Weigh In Motion Stations Good for import. Not Documented
IPCD Good for finding Greyhound stations. may be useful in areas serviced by other agencies. Not Documented
National Bridge Inventory Use maproulette. Not Documented
Railroad Bridges Not Documented

Marine Transportation

Name Quality Notes Status
Buoys Good for import. includes shape information, for inland navigable rivers Not Documented
Ferry Terminals Good for import. Not Documented
NAVAID Locations Good for import. Not Documented
Navigation Lights Good for micromapping. Not Documented
Bridge Areas Good for micromapping. Not Documented
Crane Locations Good for finding unmapped cranes inland Not Documented
Daymark Locations Seems okay for importing. I'm not familiar with mapping objects like these though Not Documented
Lock Traffic Signals Seems okay for importing. Import nationwide Not Documented
Notice Marks '' Not Documented
Special Purpose Buoys Seems okay for importing. Not Documented
Wrecks and Obstruction Areas Needs review. Not Documented
Floating Dock Areas Needs review. Not Documented

Reference Datasets

for various reasons, these datasets aren’t suitable for importing, but are still useful to use as reference when mapping.

Name Notes
Trails Conflating the geometry is not feasible, still has immensely useful info.
Electric Power Transmission Lines Will require conflation.
General Manufacturing Facilities Very out of date, verify the facility still exists using the website. [1]

External Links

https://hifld-geoplatform.opendata.arcgis.com/ - browse site

https://services1.arcgis.com/Hp6G80Pky0om7QvQ/ArcGIS/rest/services - ArcGIS database

https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/imports/2022-October/006970.html Discussion