I have downloaded shapefiles from http://download.geofabrik.de/osm/europe/. I am after Czech and Slovak republic data, when I look into the files with any shapefiles viewer the name values have odd characters instead of diacritics. I would like to know what encoding is the underlying data in so I could transform it to Unicode or the proper character set.
Thanks for any advice.
asked 13 Jan '11, 16:26
The shapefiles on http://download.geofabrik.de/ are not an official OSM service, and the general OSM community would not know, nor be able to influence, the process that builds them.
Having said that, however, the shape files use UTF-8 encoding like the rest of OSM does. Depending on what system you are using, you should be able to process them correctly if you add a .cpg file like so:
answered 13 Jan '11, 16:52
Openstreetmap uses Unicode in UTF-8 encoding. The shapefiles however are not the native format of Openstreetmap and could be in some other encoding. Either check if they decode correctly using UTF-8 or check with the geofabrik guys.
answered 13 Jan '11, 17:12