How to smart download OpenStreetMap spatial data with QGIS3 and QuickOSM


OpenStreeMap (OSM) is a collaborative project to create a world spatial database. This project is motivated by the availability of map information around the world. The database is on continuous growth, it has more than 6.3 thousand million GPS points, around 5 million users and 1 million contributors.

The procedure to download spatial data from OSM has changed from previous QGIS version. Now in QGIS3 there are multiple options to download data from OSM; this tutorial shows the installation, and operation of the QuickOSM plugin to perform smart access to the OSM database in QGIS3.

QuickOSM works with the Overpass API that was developed to serve up custom selected parts of the OSM map data. This API is optimized for data consumers and it can allow the access of millions of elements in some minutes with a specified search criteria (location, object type, tags, proximity or combinations of them).


Saul Montoya

Saul Montoya es Ingeniero Civil graduado de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú en Lima con estudios de postgrado en Manejo e Ingeniería de Recursos Hídricos (Programa WAREM) de la Universidad de Stuttgart con mención en Ingeniería de Aguas Subterráneas y Hidroinformática.

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