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I would like to convert them to OSM file format (.osm).

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  • I have the Parking Regulation Data shapefile of NY. Add into QGIS using "Add vector layer", then set project CRS to EPSG:3857. To export: QGIS->Vectorial->OpenStreetMap->Download data in "from layer" point to the layer added then Ok to generate the osm file. The generated file the first time had a nodes data pointing only to the street's info (name,...) but not the shapefile info (street regolations). Only the first time, after that the osm file generated is empty. – JRHuasi Jun 20 '17 at 21:21
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There is NO way to export data to .osm format in QGIS.

The menu point you used is just to download OSM raw data, and export it to a spatialite database.

Alternatively, you can save to GPX format (waypoints and tracks) in EPSG:4326, and load the file in the JOSM editor. It can convert GPX layers to OSM format. But take care for existing data before uploading to the OSM server.

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If you have your layer in qgis you can save it as .shp file using epsg:4326, then you can open it with JOSM (you need OpenData plugin).

Take a look at formats provided by OpenData - there is few more of them than .shp which could be not best idea when you have long column names.

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