Background: I'm a retired software engineer and hobby sailor. I downloaded a file from CIL's (Commissioners of Irish Lights) website (www.cil.ie), with their written permission, with tech data about the AtoNs (Aids to Navigation) that they maintain around the Irish coast, approx 80 lighthouses and 200 other navigation marks. I used this to create entries in Google Earth (again with CIL permission), using MS Office to massage the data into GE's KML format.
See GE posting (http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/812193)
and GE KMZ download (http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/download.php?Number=812193)
and in Google Maps at (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/download.php?Number=812193&t=k&om=1)
I figured out the parts of KML that I needed by copying several examples from GE and pasting them into Notepad, but I don't see a similar facility in OSM.
I'd like to do a similar job in OSM, but am experiencing some difficulty in figuring out how to do it. I've gone through the FAQs and searched OSM help, but the best answer I can find (yet) is that I should probably use JOSM.
Part 1: Where can I find the file format, and some examples, for uploading waypoints (rather than tracks)?
Part 2: Can JOSM import bulk text data?
P.S. Some food for thought:
(1) GPS has been popular with sailors for much longer than with motorists/cyclists/trekkers, and I expect that there are plenty sailors with navigation and IT skills that would be interested in these answers.
(2) Maritime Navigators are interested in charts rather than maps, showing what's on (and under) the other 75% of planet earth (the seas), with details like lighthouses, navigation marks, water depth, hazards, tides, currents, harbours, anchorages, bottom type (different anchors for sand and rocks).
(3) Many modern boats can integrate PCs with GPS/radar/depth-sounders/logs(=speedometers)/weather instruments. Tracks that include depth data are common.
(4) The sailing community includes a significant numbers of IT specialists.
(5) Has OSM got any plans for charts (as distinct from maps), drawing on the skills of sailors during the winter months when the weather is too inclement for scraping barnacles and weed from the bottoms of boats?
(6) Some chart data (e.g. tidal current direction/strangth and water depth) varies with the tide, and therefore with the time. Would it be possible to include variable data (tide-dependent) in the waypoints (place-marks)?
(7) Weather forecasts (particularly important to sailors) are available online, and could also be linked to entries on the OSM database. Some land-lubbers might even be interested in this feature.
(8) Before you even ask, could I remind you that my programming languages are COBOL, ICL mainframe assembler, SAS, and some VB, which makes me an IT dinosaur, not capable of doing much programming on a PC.