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I seem to be having issues downloading complete .osm files from openstreetmap.org export function or the overpass API.

While the data exports to a .osm, all of the attributes (e.g. 'type') are "Null" (as text) when viewed in either QGIS or ArcMap. This is not the case when I download files from external sites such as Mapzen or Geofabrik.

I feel like I'm missing something obvious. Any pointers?


asked 31 Jul '14, 14:15

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edited 31 Jul '14, 14:37

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.osm files (as produced by the export function on osm.org) are in OSM XML format. Just view them in any plain text editor and likely you will see that the attributes are not "null". There is some problem in the conversion/import into your programs, I guess. Possibly you did not download .osm files from Geofarbrik but shape files?

(31 Jul '14, 14:39) aseerel4c26 ♦

Can you please share a screenshot or something similar so we can get an idea where this appears (QGIS attribute table?) and which properties are affected?

(31 Jul '14, 18:38) iii
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