I have long had an interest in mapping - both in the geographical sense and in the computer gaming sense. I attempted to edit the Google Maps with their Map Maker service, but found the whole ordeal to be a nightmare of bureaucratic mangling and somewhat insular approvals. Easy to "make a change" on the map (relatively), but it is brutally difficult to actually get it seen by other people. Worse still were the changes that I made that were rejected because of some inane flap from their Bot service.
But thankfully I found OSM - ready and more than willing to accept my edits. Edits that would appear on the actual mapping database within minutes instead of weeks, if it was approved. I know the classic counter-argument to that is the idea that people will get in and troll the maps, but that is an act of a child. I am a 33 year old man - I have no time for such nonsense. If I draw a building outline and state that there is a coffee shop there, you can be sure that is exactly what is there. Community review will handle anything odd, of course.
I hope to make several contributions to the OSM data - my first edits have been corrections and refinements to existing data. There are not a lot of users in my area, but that's fine. I love the idea of plugging away at the map alone to an extent.