I sent this question to Cloudmade but unfortunately they never responded. Hopefully someone here knows something about how they work.

They provide an OSM download for the Americas which I am using in a project. Although their site states that downloads are updated roughly every month it looks like nothing has changed since December 2011.

Although there are many country and continent-specific downloads available for OSM data online it seems like this is the only place I can get something for all of the Americas.

Any input on Cloudmade's update strategy or alternate sources for Americas data (without setting up my own planet-wide PostGIS) would be very much appreciated.

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    Does not look updated, download.geofabrik.de/osm has been updated.
    – Mapperz
    Commented Jul 10, 2012 at 18:20
  • @Mapperz I have previously looked at geofabrik but they break the Americas out into multiple different sections. I'm not sure how successfully I could update my existing americas-only PostGIS database from this source
    – tomfumb
    Commented Jul 10, 2012 at 18:24
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    Ask Geofabrik. They're helpful people and may consider the request. Commented Jul 10, 2012 at 20:06
  • @RichardFairhurst ok I asked GeoFabrik, I will update this post when I know more. I assume that I could load all their separate pieces or North and South America into a single PostGIS db and get the same end result as loading all of the Americas in one go?
    – tomfumb
    Commented Jul 12, 2012 at 17:30

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I did get a response from Cloudmade in the end:

Our downloads page reports the right date. We will update OSM downloads as soon s possible but for now our developers are busy on the other projects.

This is good news but in my case the uncertainty around update frequency is a problem. I am instead loading the full planet.osm file with a bounding box restriction for the Americas.

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