I apologize in advance if this question doesn’t make sense or if I use any unclear wording or vernacular; I’m very new to OpenStreetMap and GIS in general.
To briefly describe my purpose: I’m conducting research on the routes that internally displaced persons take as they travel. I have a database that contains the names of their origin towns/villages and then the names of all of the other points of interest they spend time at afterward. I would like to be able to associate a coordinate with each point of interest, and then trace the overall trajectories each person takes on to one map.
So, I’m wondering if there exists a database of points of interest that can be downloaded separately from any section of map. I understand how to use OSM to download a section of map as an XML file, which I can then load into JOSM with any number of GPX files. By using the OSM Routing Service tool, www.yournavigation.org, compiled and described by Lambertus in a post from years ago, I’d like to produce GPX files for each trajectory. Though I can do this by hand, I would of course prefer to automate this process, and so having direct access to a database of coordinates for each point of interest would be a big help.
I hope that wasn’t too unclear. Thanks so much for any help you can provide.