Geofabrik.de is providing regular updates for osm files for all continents and most countries. Unfortunately Macedonia was missing among the European countries, so yesterday I wrote to firstname.lastname@example.org asking if they could start distributing osm files for Macedonia as well.
I just got a reply from Frederik Ramm of Geofabrik.de that from now on, on http://download.geofabrik.de/osm/europe/ the files macedonia.osm.bz2 and macedonia.shp.zip will be available and updated on a regular basis. This will make it e.g. much easier to create Garmin maps for Macedonia (especially now the xapi servers for downloading large chunks of osm data seem all to be down ).
Thank you! this is another great source for fresh OSM data which now includes Macedonia.
For reference, there is also cloudmade.com which is providing OSM data on regular intervals (once a week usually). Download are available at , including pre-made Garmin .img files, etc...
You can also get the freshest data, with only few hours lag behind main API, via OSM Server Side Scripts. The bounding relation (53293) for Macedonia is set correctly (relation of bounding borders), so the following fetches the latest data for MK:
wget -O OSM_MKD.osm.gz --post-file=mk_get.xml http://126.96.36.199/api/interpreter
Contents of mk_get.xml:
<recurse type="node-relation" into="rels"/>
More info on OSM Server Side Scripts at http://188.8.131.52/
Thanks a lot for this information!!!
I was not yet aware of cloudmade.com. Their site looks very interesting, I'll have to explore it in detail when I get some time,
Also thanks for the info about the Server Side Script Server - that's exactly the functionality that I was looking for ever since
the Xapi servers were down.
OSM is exciting - and there is so much I still have to learn!
Just a word of warning, I think that there is some problem with the current Macedonia files from geofabrik.de. At least the ones I tried to use recently seemed to be incomplete, missing large parts of the inner country. I have written to the person in charge at geofabrik.de and asked him to verify this. When I get a reply or see that the problem has been fixed, I will post it here...
At last, the problem with the macedonia.osm.bz2 file from geofabrik.de seems to be solved. According to Frederik Ramm from Geofabrik the problem was due to an error in the boundary polygon they used.