Can I use OSM with GIS?

Dear all,

I am a researcher at the London School of Economics, and need specific geografic data to do some geographic calculations. OSM has maps that could be useful, and I was wondering how it is possible to extract OSM data to be used in GIS. I would need to export street data and have the streets seperately listed in GIS. Perhaps this is not possible at all, but if any of you knows a link, that would be great!

Many Thanks!



You can have a try with the Geofabrik shapefiles If you need more tags then you can import OSM data into PostGIS database with osm2pgsql utility and continue that way.