I work for a municipal council in Belgium. We have our own GIS software which we use to create maps for our employees but also for citizens. We are currently using OSM as a substrate for our citizen geo-windows. Since we create certain layers ourselves with benches, for example, we wondered whether the data of the points in OSM (e.g. benches, play areas, etc.) could also be obtained as a shp.-file or something like that, so that we no longer have to register the data ourselves.

Kind regards, Griet

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This is a fairly standard practice, and the tool you probably need is Overpass Turbo which can be used to query specific types of features on OSM and export them as geojson (or indeed other formats).

Overpass Turbo is a front-end to the Overpass API, but it does a few extra useful things such as assembling areas (which you'd need to do yourselves if using Overpass direct).

As an example here are the benches in a Belgian municipality, Leuven. Simply change the name of the municipality in the query. Note some benches are mapped as lines (ways in OSM speak) but it is possible to alter the query just to return the centre of objects. The overpass query language is very powerful and there are quite reasonable resources with example queries on-line.

Lastly, there is a strong OSM community in Belgium, and I believe at least some work for or closely with municipalities, so further advice may be available from the OSM Belgium chapter.

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