I recently worked on a project that digitized a lot of building footprints and swimming pools with high-resolution orthorectified imagery (~4 inches resolution). The polygons are all in shapefile format with a field indicating what the feature is. The polygons were created in ArcGIS Pro. I was wondering if there might be a way for this data to be contributed to OpenStreetMap since the buildings and pools digitized are not currently on OSM.

  • I don't think you can bulk load as a new user. Only trusted users can do bulk imports see Step 2 - Community Buy-in > wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Import/Guidelines – Mapperz Apr 17 at 16:56
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    Thank you for that information! I've been contributing to OSM for a few years now but the import process does appear to be beyond my technical expertise at the moment. – Briant F. Apr 17 at 17:25
  • Isn't there a tool in ArcMap for uploading data to OSM? It was mentioned in this question about uploading to OSM from QGIS, but they didn't say what it was called. – csk Apr 17 at 18:43
  • Please read the import guidelines and get into contact with the OSM community (e.g. via mailing list) before even thinking about technical details. You can't just upload all your data to OSM. This will create duplicates and/or overwrite other people's work. Also make sure the license of your data is compatible with OSM. – scai Apr 23 at 12:04

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