What is OpenStreetMap?
OpenStreetMap is a web project to create a free and open map of the entire world, built entirely by volunteers surveying with GPS, digitizing aerial imagery, and collecting and liberating existing public sources of geographic data.
Using Open Data Commons Open Database License 1.0, OSM contributors may own, modify, and share the mapping data to public. There are many options of digital maps available in the internet, but most of them have either legal or technical restriction. This makes it difficult for people, also for government, researchers and academician, innovators, and many other stakeholders to freely and openly use the data available in the map. On the other hand, both the base map and the data in the OSM may be downloaded for further use and redistribution.
In many parts of the world, especially in remote and underdeveloped areas, there is no incentive whatsoever for mapping entreprise to develop data in such places. In this case, OSM can become a sound alternative for economic development, emergency responses, urban planning, and many other purposes.
Why do I have to learn how to use OpenStreetMap?
Quality geographic data can help many organizations, communities, as well as public at large and government in making decisions pertaining to many pertinent issues, such as environment, economy, social, and crisis management. In many places, quality data like this may be either incomplete or unavailable.
Digital mapping volunteers may contribute by giving in needed information, such as by digitising building, transport routes, and other ciritical infrastructures so as to assist development that potentially depends on this information. It was unthinkable before that a very little contribution we make may significantly improve the livelihood of people living within the proximity of areas we map.
You can chip in your contribution only with an internet connection and basic computing skills, even you are not present in the area that you map. Use the sattelite imagery to pinpoint roads, buildings, lands, and points of interest; you may also enrich the information by putting in other relevant information that you know about for sure. This data can later be used for many purposes in developing the said areas.
How do I learn using OpenStreetMap?
Please join our online community here and/or by establishing your very own OpenStreetMap community in your campus / surrounding area. This can help your learning process become more enjoyable and sustainable as you can share new findings and progress among your peers.
Are you ready to start mapping? Please follow three simple rules below:
First, make yourself an OpenStreetMap account before you log in (simply click on the blue rounds that can head you over to the http://openstreetmap.org):
Second, learn how you can map accurately with correct ethique by following the steps provided in our written and audio/visual guidelines. They also contain many tips and tricks for up to intermediate level mappers:
Third, this is optional but may have the most impact, you can pick up one of the many mapping tasks using the OSM Tasking Manager. These tasks are compiled based on real-time mapping needs in many parts of the globe, some are even made for direct and urgent post-response mapping.