I'm quite new to OSM data. Can anyone help me with the best tags to use to identify major shipping ports? I'd like to be able to identify cities that have a significant amount of commercial shipping activity. I haven't found this as specific tags, so maybe I need to use something else as a proxy for shipping activity. I don't know - something like cities that are harbours and have customs and a lot of docks and cranes, etc etc.

I'd love something a little simpler, if you're able to help.

  • I was once given an excel of all ports with tonnage and cargo globally Sorry I cannot remember the source. – If you do not know- just GIS Nov 12 '14 at 4:10
  • As an alternative to using OpenStreetMap for this you may want to review the answer to gis.stackexchange.com/questions/22036/… – PolyGeo Nov 12 '14 at 4:20
  • @PolyGeo - thanks. I actually found that a few minutes after posting my question. I downloaded the dataset and took a quick look, and it might indeed do what I need. – susie derkins Nov 12 '14 at 4:29
  • The amount of commercial shipping activity is nothing that belongs into the OSM database. OSM contains (mostly) information that is verifiable on the ground. – scai Nov 12 '14 at 7:41
  • @scai - yes, that is certainly clear that the amount of activity is not something that is going to be in OSM data. However, it seems reasonable that one could get a rough idea of the amount of commercial activity by counting certain verifiable information (e.g. cranes). In any case, I think the best solution is in the link posted by PolyGeo – susie derkins Nov 12 '14 at 19:11

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