So I'm pretty new to GIS, and I'm working on a mapping project using data for Vancouver, Canada. I want to combine Open Street Map data along with data provided by the City of Vancouver. But the City data don't line up with the OSM data when I map them in Quantum GIS.
Following the advice of this question's answer, I checked the two data sources against a third (a map of the world). The OSM data is right -- British Columbia is in the right spot -- but the City data puts Vancouver in the south of France.
My data sources are:
- Bikeways and libraries from the City of Vancouver. (Both are SHP files.) These are the data that don't align with the others.
- A map of British Columbia from Open Street Map. I put the data into a database using osm2pgsql.
- A world map that's part of the Open Street Style project.
- The City data are projected in UTM zone10, NAD83 (CSRS). I've selected this in QGIS's Layer Properties screen for those layers. Projection string:
+proj=utm +zone=5 +ellps=GRS80 +datum=NAD83 +units=m +no_defs
- The OSM maps are in Mercator projection. QGIS has many Mercator choices, and I wasn't sure which one to use, so I guessed "Popular Visualization CRS / Mercator".
+proj=merc +lon_0=0 +k=1 +x_0=0 +y_0=0 +a=6378137 +b=6378137 +towgs84=0,0,0,0,0,0,0 +units=m +no_defs
- For the world map, Quantum GIS loaded the projection from the .prj file. That's
+proj=merc +a=6378137 +b=6378137 +lat_ts=0.0 +lon_0=0.0 +x_0=0.0 +y_0=0 +k=1.0 +units=m +nadgrids=@null +wktext +over +no_defs
The answer I mentioned above talks about zone problems. That sounds like what I might be experienceing. So I tried changing the libraries from UTM zone 10N to other zones (15N and 60N) but nothing changed.
I'm out of ideas. Does anyone have suggestions for what to try next?
Thanks for your help