[Loadstone] OpenStreetMap converter

Cearbhall O Meadhra cearbhall.omeadhra at idd.ie
Wed Aug 6 14:29:43 BST 2008

I had a go looking for my own street address without any success. When I
noticed that you are using the Geonames maps I realised that there is a
headland near my house that is on the ie.txt Geonames map. I entered the
name "Bray Head" and the program announced a hit from the Geonames source.
This then generated a Loadstone data file that looks excellent. 
My home address does not feature on the Geonames map so this tool is a bit
limited for Irish sites.
To check that, I typed in "Dublin, Ireland" into the initial form. This
yielded a number of features referring to Dublin that seemed to come from
another source, not Geonames. I assume they must have come from Google
earth. However, the resulting Loadstone file still did not give me any great
detail of Dublin since it only features isolated elements such as hotels,
civic buildings, etc.
Have you any advice on how to make it work in relation to streets in

All the best,


"Good design enables - Bad design disables"

Tel: 01-2864623 Mob: 087 9922227 Em: cearbhall.omeadhra at colibri.ie



From: loadstone-bounces at loadstone-gps.com
[mailto:loadstone-bounces at loadstone-gps.com] On Behalf Of Rob Melchers
Sent: 06 August 2008 10:37
To: loadstone at loadstone-gps.com
Subject: Re: [Loadstone] OpenStreetMap converter

Users that can't find their coordinates with the Google tool:
Replace (YourLat/Lon) with your coordinates in the below link to go to the
OSM site and retrieve their map. Attention: It can take several minutes
before the download starts!

T> &lon=(YourLon&zoom=15&layers=B0FT

Please do not alter the 'zoom' item, the converter can only handle small
size OSM files.


At 8/6/2008, you wrote:

Tried it, but, unfortunately although I tried one or two different postal 
codes from this area, it just told me it couldn't find my point although 
using that other single point geocoder site which also uses google/yahoo 
maps, I do find things, so not sure why.

Stay well

Jacob Kruger
Blind Biker
Skype: BlindZA
'...Fate had broken his body, but not his spirit...'

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rob Melchers" <rob at loadstone-gps.com>
To: <loadstone at loadstone-gps.com>
Sent: 06 August, 2008 10:14 AM
Subject: [Loadstone] OpenStreetMap converter

> Hi all,
> To examine the usefulness of the OpenStreetMap data I've made a small tool
> to convert OSM data to the Loadstone format. I'd be interested in your
> results as OSM data for various countries can differ quite significantly.
> Here's what you do:
> Go to
> http://www.loadstone-gps.com/tools
> and select the GeoCoder tool.
> Extract position data by entering your address and click on the OSM link 
> on
> the result page.
> Once on the OSM site click on 'export', on the next page select XML format
> and download the resulting file (map.osm).
> Go back to the tools page and process the .osm file with the 
> 'OpenStreetMap
> Converter' tool.
> Import the file on your phone and let me know what happens.
> Rob
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