The HOT Visual Tag Chooser is a companion application to the HOT Export Tool that provides users an easier way to create, edit, and copy preset files. Preset files tell the HOT Export tool what data (places, utilities, public services, land use, etc.) to include in all maps created and exported through the site. This information is saved in a “preset file”, but typically in a format (JOSM Preset XML file) that is not easy to utilize for users not specifically trained in GIS.
With the Visual Tag Chooser, users now have multiple options. Expert users can either upload an existing JOSM preset file or make a new file from scratch. New users to the site can utilize existing preset files by copying files. To customize existing preset files, users can add and edit existing tags within the preset. For example, in the image below, more information has been added to the “Restaurant” tag in an existing preset file.
You can upload a JOSM preset, or make a new preset from scratch, or copy an existing one. You can add and edit existing items within the preset. You can add and edit tags or form elements of the Item. For example, the Item "Restaurant" has a text tag "name".
Get Started with a Default Preset
It is recommended that new users use the HOT HDM default preset.
To use this preset file without making any changes, click on “Export to HOT Exports”.
You will be asked to log in to the HOT Export Tool site. Click “Export and Upload”.
NOTE: Users can also download and save the preset file by clicking on “Download as XML preset” at the bottom of the page.
After the file has uploaded, it will be listed in the “Preset Files” table in the HOT Exports Tool site. Click on “New Job” to start a new export and click here for instructions. To add more information to existing preset files, click on the file in the Visual Tag Chooser application. Select “Copy Preset” and save as a new version. Highlight the category (for example, “Places” or “Utilities” ) and add additional information to the category.
TIP: Make sure to click on the arrow next the category to view sub-categories.
Users can also add names, authors and descriptions to the preset file by filling in the form at the top of the page when editing.
For advanced users: To edit existing preset files, first copy the file (“Copy Preset”) and then click on “Edit Preset”. You can then make edits to the file including adding new data categories.