Does anyone knows if there is a flat file database of points of interest in a json format somewhere available for download? If not how would one set off to create such a database? Are there any tools available for such a task?

  • There are some websites that offers these data in many formats. You can ask at the following link: Geographical data sets – Adrian B Sep 15 '15 at 10:11

You have this project that uses OpenStreetMap - http://openpoimap.org/ https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OpenPoiMap. With overpass api https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Overpass_API you can extract that info

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