The OpenStreetMap project started with the goal of creating a street map that anyone could edit. It has grown to include many tools for geospatial data entry, refinement, and classification. The OSM community have extended the project scope to include many types of map featur including:
- Environmental Data
- Drinking Water
- Bus stops and Transit informatio
- Recycling/trash cans
- Park benches
- Hiking trails
- Plant species
An extensive list of map features can be found on the OSM Wiki.
Including detailed data about our communities can lead to innovative solutions that help users find the locations of services and objects nearby.
In order to contribute to the OSM project, you may want to collect some data. It is advisable to browse the OSM map in an area of interest, to see if there are any features that are lacking. Then, hit the streets and collect some information. Several tools may prove helpful in your data collection activities:
- Walking Paper
Optional items include:
- Porrtable GPS unit
- GPS smartphone (e.g. Android)
- Camera - to visually record features and details
- Voice recorder - to make notes
Adding data to OSM
The process of editing content on the OSM project starts with creating a new OSM account.
Once you have created an account and logged in, you will be able to use the Edit tab at the top of the map.
There are several tools for editing OSM data, some work in a web browser while others run off-line.
In addition, you can upload files from your GPS device in the GPX format. These 'traces' help you, and other users, to determine the accuracy of the map, trace new areas, and
Cleaning up and verifying data
There are also tools for cleaning up and verifying OSM data accuracy:
- OSM data overlay - under Layers > Map Data
- OSM Inspector
- OSM Mapper
- OSM NoName - locating ways that have no names
Share your field notes with the OSM commnity
Each user account can create a personal OSM Diary. Diaries help other OSM community members learn about your work, and make connections. This is a great way to find collaborators and inspiration for your OSM projects!