I want to map some local paths. I have a GPS that will let me get the coordinates of the nodes I wish to make along the path, but I need to enter them manually. I have entered them in JOSM and they all appear where they should. How can I now create a way from the nodes, either in Potlatch or JOSM?

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The question has been closed for the following reason "The question is self-answered" by aseerel4c26 17 Feb '13, 13:14


I finally found an answer. Alt A on a node starts a way, then by clicking on the next node you want to add to the way it will draw a segment to the node and so on to form the way. Don't tag the initial node, wait until you have a way. If you tag the initial node as a highway when you tag the way itself you'll get a complaint that a node on a way duplicates the tag on the way.

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Exactly - you need to draw a way which consists of your new nodes. http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Beginners_Guide_1.3 about editing and linking to the specific editor manuals would (have) help(ed).

Be aware that your gps records positions with errors - so, don't draw a zig-zag path if it is in reality a straight line. :-)

Having the ability to save/export gpx gps traces from your gps device to your computer would tremendously save you time entering the coordinates/moving the nodes to the recorded coordinates.

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