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I am a GIS specialist and cartographer making a few reference maps of the city of Rotterdam. Would anybody out there happen to know where basic map data (for the Netherlands) such as roads, water features, boundaries, etc. are available for free download? I will most likely begin my map in ArcGIS and a shapefile data format would be preferred.

Thank you very much!

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You must be able to open the XML file either using Global Mapper or QGis. You will have to export the files as shapefiles & do an extraction of the data to separate the features that you will need for the project. I would highly recommend that to get things done faster to use the model builder for the extraction of the needed features.

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I am a GIS specialist and cartographer making a few reference maps of the city of Rotterdam. Would anybody out there happen to know where basic map data (for the Netherlands) such as roads, water features, boundaries, etc. are available for free download? I will most likely begin my map in ArcGIS and a shapefile data format would be preferred.


There's no free base map data specifically for The Netherlands, so as James mentioned OpenStreetmap is the only way to get it. Cloudmade and Geofabrik offer nationwide downloads in shapefiles, it's better to go with that rather than the XML download because you probably won't get the entire city of Rotterdam in a single download.

If you can tell me a bit more about the nature of your project I can see if there might be other options.
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You must be able to open the XML file either using Global Mapper or QGis. You will have to export the files as shapefiles & do an extraction of the data to separate the features that you will need for the project. I would highly recommend that to get things done faster to use the model builder for the extraction of the needed features.


Thank you for your suggestion. I exported the data from OpenStreetMap but was unable to access the .osm file in QGIS or ArcGIS. I've tried a few recommended methods on other forums but have not had any success with this file. If you have additional suggestions, please send them my way. Thanks, again.

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I am a GIS specialist and cartographer making a few reference maps of the city of Rotterdam. Would anybody out there happen to know where basic map data (for the Netherlands) such as roads, water features, boundaries, etc. are available for free download? I will most likely begin my map in ArcGIS and a shapefile data format would be preferred.


There's no free base map data specifically for The Netherlands, so as James mentioned OpenStreetmap is the only way to get it. Cloudmade and Geofabrik offer nationwide downloads in shapefiles, it's better to go with that rather than the XML download because you probably won't get the entire city of Rotterdam in a single download.

If you can tell me a bit more about the nature of your project I can see if there might be other options.


Thank you for your reply! I will try Cloudmade and Geofabrik next but I figured I could explain in more detail what I am looking to do. I want to create a fairly simple, large scale, reference map that a reader could use to become acquainted with the layout of the city. I am particularly concerned about the water features. I work at an engineering firm primarily interested in hydrography and water resources. If you have any additional suggestions, I would greatly appreciate them. Thank you!

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I am a GIS specialist and cartographer making a few reference maps of the city of Rotterdam. Would anybody out there happen to know where basic map data (for the Netherlands) such as roads, water features, boundaries, etc. are available for free download? I will most likely begin my map in ArcGIS and a shapefile data format would be preferred.


There's no free base map data specifically for The Netherlands, so as James mentioned OpenStreetmap is the only way to get it. Cloudmade and Geofabrik offer nationwide downloads in shapefiles, it's better to go with that rather than the XML download because you probably won't get the entire city of Rotterdam in a single download.

If you can tell me a bit more about the nature of your project I can see if there might be other options.


Thank you for your reply! I will try Cloudmade and Geofabrik next but I figured I could explain in more detail what I am looking to do. I want to create a fairly simple, large scale, reference map that a reader could use to become acquainted with the layout of the city. I am particularly concerned about the water features. I work at an engineering firm primarily interested in hydrography and water resources. If you have any additional suggestions, I would greatly appreciate them. Thank you!



I should have also mentioned that I would like to have the ability to edit each feature type dataset individually. I want to be able to control symbology and text. Thanks.

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You must be able to open the XML file either using Global Mapper or QGis. You will have to export the files as shapefiles & do an extraction of the data to separate the features that you will need for the project. I would highly recommend that to get things done faster to use the model builder for the extraction of the needed features.


Thank you for your suggestion. I exported the data from OpenStreetMap but was unable to access the .osm file in QGIS or ArcGIS. I've tried a few recommended methods on other forums but have not had any success with this file. If you have additional suggestions, please send them my way. Thanks, again.


What version of QGis do you have currently? I have QGis 1.4 Enceladus edition & I am able to download the OSM data & export it as a shapefile. ArcGIS does not support OpenStreetMap currently. Also check the plugin menu to see if you have that option available. Another thing you need to know is the fact that when you extract the data you may have to with some of the feature do a SELECT & LIKE statement from the "Tags" column.

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What version of QGis do you have currently? I have QGis 1.4 Enceladus edition & I am able to download the OSM data & export it as a shapefile. ArcGIS does not support OpenStreetMap currently.


I'm using QGIS 1.5 and can acces the OSM data no problems maybe trying the latest version could help! Also ArcGIS 10 (if you have it) supports OSM data as a basemap, and also enables disconnected editing.

Goodluck :)

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Thank you for your suggestion. I exported the data from OpenStreetMap but was unable to access the .osm file in QGIS or ArcGIS. I've tried a few recommended methods on other forums but have not had any success with this file. If you have additional suggestions, please send them my way.

If you have a recent version of QGIS, plus Postgres and PostGIS, it's very simple to get OSM into Quantum GIS using the osm2pgsql tool. Once in the database it is also very simple to extract the features required from the OSM data.

Having got to this stage, it should even be possible to perform Mapnik rendering of OSM data within QGIS,using a plug-in called Quantumnik (but I can't make this work).

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i think you can extract Rotterdam from this dataset at Cloudmade http://downloads.clo....shapefiles.zip
Around 180MB but it might be easier and faster than you was dealing with OSM file.




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