I'm trying to download the OSM data for the province of Utrecht, the Netherlands. I'm following the steps as prescripted in the training manual, 7.2.4.. I have already loaded the provincial roads shapefile from here: http://www.nationaalgeoregister.nl/geonetwork/srv/dut/catalog.search#/metadata/fff94270-b5ce-4ed9-ae99-5f96096ac08d?tab=relations So, that should give the right area I think. The coordinates given by the default are 4.76286-5.60752, 52.3291-51.8564. I figured those might be wrong or too big, but using google maps to find coordinates very similar to those. The OSM file exceeds 1GB, is there a way to see what exactly I'm downloading and select from that?
By QuickOSM plugin for QGIS, you can select an extent and specify what kind of data to download. It also provides importing some osm file formats to QGIS.
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