OpenStreetMap Shapefiles

If you need shapefiles for your GIS applications or processes, look no further. EarthOnDrive produces shapefiles of all kinds. A number of simple shapefiles are available.

For our customers, we have a shapefile export that is decidedly richer in features and where we have already straightened out many of the idiosyncracies and fixed some of the errors that sometimes make processing OpenStreetMap data difficult.

These extended shapefiles are laid out according to our standard, "OpenStreetMap Data in Layered GIS Format", which we update continuously. Here are two example shapefiles for you to download (the files contain all layers, not only those depicted):

Dresden: land use, buildings, railways.                                     Toulouse: streets, railways, waterways.

Routable Shapefiles

For graph processing (e.g. routing or reachability analysis with software like Network Analyst) we also offer special routable shapefiles which only include the road network. For these, OpenStreetMap data is preprocessed by splitting each road at each junction, so that the resulting shapefiles contain only road segments. The preprocessing step is slightly different for automobile, bicycle, or pedestrian routing. We can even add estimated travel times for each segment to the shapefile.

Quotes and Ordering

EaerthOnDrive shapefiles are not mass-produced by some self-service machine. We create them from current data according to your request, we do an error check, and of course we're there for you if you have questions or problems after delivery. You decide what you need:
What area – individual countries, continents, or the whole planet?
What kind of data – a thematic selection, or everything that OpenStreetMap has?
Which structure – are you happy with our standard, or do you have a fixed structure you want us to use?
Special requirements – maybe your shapefiles must not exceed a certain size, must have a special character set, or be limited to a maximum number of features? Do you perhaps want simplified geometries, or names included given in a specific language?
What frequency – do you want a one-off shipment or are you after automatic regular updates?

Special Purpose Shapefiles

We also offer special purpose shape files, e.g.

  • power (contains power plants, wind turbines, high-voltage power lines)
  • post codes (where available in OSM), simplified geometries on request
  • administrative boundaries as polygons, with/without information about administrative hierarchy, simplified geometries and territorial water
  • public transport

The pricing for these shape files is based on the estimated amount of work involved. Please request a quotation if you are interested!

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