Using QGIS actions to add buildings from OpenStreetMap to a map

QGIS actions and an OpenStreetMap API

In april of this year I went to the 2023 QGIS User Conference in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. At that conference there was a very interesting workshop on using actions in QGIS by Ujaval Gandhi of Spatial Thoughts. At the time I decided to attend another workshop and talk that were also very interesting, but luckily Ujaval shared his workshop notes online, so I tried all his examples after the conference and I was really impressed with the possibilities of actions in QGIS. You should really check them out.

A couple of weeks ago I read a blog post by Brendan Ashworth of Bunting Labs about their API to download from OpenStreetMap. The thing that caught my attention was the fact that this API delivers GeoJSON data as a result of a request. So I wondered if it would be possible to use this API in QGIS actions. In this blog post I will show you how I did just that.

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