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Have you tried Geonames? They keep a global database of POIs. I took a quick glance at it and was able to download the most recent dump as a .txt and then opened in QGIS as a tab delineated file. Be patient as it is a large file (1.06 gigs) and will take some time to render. As far as I can tell I cannot find a popularity index associated with the data ...


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You can use Spatial Manager Desktop to import OSM data into PostGIS. Please, watch this post: http://www.spatialmanager.com/import-directly-postgis-databases/ There is a limited trial version ,you can download it here: http://www.spatialmanager.com/downloads/ If you need help on this feel free to tell me. Disclaimer: I work for Opencartis (Spatial Manager ...


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AFAIK there is currently no 'best practise' on how you organize the OSM data at your PostGIS backend. There are different database schemas that are tuned for specific purposes: rendering geospatial lookups / reverse geocoding fulltext search / gazetter ... If you have a very specific usecase, you might tweak the OSM importer mappings (e.g. at osmosis or ...


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The top open-source alternative is MapBox. It's lets you utilize multiple baselayers from Google Maps, Bing, ArcGIS, etc. Ultimately, it's better to host your GIS server "in the cloud" using Amazon EC2, or Rackspace, which will allow you to easily scale horizontally (more servers), and vertically (more powerful hardware). If your intent is to keep data ...



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