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I have a gpx file with tracks of 4 days. The tracks cover an area of 20 km2 approx. There are several roads, that have been covered several times during the trip. So you can see 4 different tracks on the same road (not exactly the same). Is it possible to convert the gpx to a Openstreetmap by eliminating all these multiple tracks automatically ?

asked 29 Apr '16, 18:01

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Brentener Luc
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edited 30 Apr '16, 09:20

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If you have traces of an area that is unmapped or an area that appears to be incorrect the best action is to upload them. The traces can then be viewed with one of the editors such as Id, JOSM or Potlatch2 and then the roads ( in your case) or tracks, paths or even rivers ( if recorded by boat) can be drawn in, and names and other tags can be added. THE automatic method is not a good idea as you will have noticed there will be some bits of trace that are incorrect. Traces are also needed when checking Bing alignment. This JPEG show the Potlatch2 editor with several cyan traces visible: screenshot of Potlatch 2

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answered 29 Apr '16, 20:33

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edited 30 Apr '16, 09:15

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If using JOSM you need not upload your GPX tracks to use them as a guide for tracing. Don't know about Potlatch2 as I don't use it.

(29 Apr '16, 23:38) n76

Using multiple traces to align Bing and to average a road or path works best.(in my opinion). We can only do this if we have multiple traces and or others upload their traces as public, so we can all use them to get better results.

(27 May '16, 07:16) andy mackey

It is possible to automatically convert the tracks to a OSM way, but not advisable, because manual judgement generates better results here.

This description is for JOSM, but it works quite similar for other editors like P2 or iD.

  1. Just open all the tracks in JOSM
  2. Download currently exiting OSM data in the area you want to edit
  3. optionally: open the OSM gpx layer in the background or download other people's tracks with the gpx download function in JOSM
  4. optionally: open other position sources as layers: e.g. bing imagery or strava's gps tracks (included in the JOSM default list). Mind that aerial imagery could be shifted a bit from the true positions ("alignment" may need to be corrected). You may want to use the transparency and on/off feature of the single layers.
  5. manually look for a good average of your tracks (and optionally the other position sources). With manual inspection you see obvious gps errors like spikes to the side where the way is straight on bing and ignore them. See .
  6. manually draw the way at the average position. Draw a straight way with no nodes in-between, where there just is a straight way in reality.
  7. Do not forget to add tags to the new way.
  8. optionally: upload your gpx tracks on the OSM homepage to enable other people to see them, too (in case they want to review the way's position).
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answered 30 Apr '16, 09:15

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edited 30 Apr '16, 18:09

So far I found only two ways to calculate an average of several GPX files with often questionable results and quite cumbersome to set up.
In case you want to read about it, have a look at my diary entries about
average tracks and my
second thoughts on average tracks

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answered 29 May '16, 18:37

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