OpenStreetMap

I'm hooked on this

Posted by GMHeyes on 26 February 2012 in English (English)

I find this very interesting, it's all a bit daunting at the moment but I'm sure given time that I will soon be contributing on a regular basis!

Comment from Fabi2 on 27 February 2012 at 10:57

Also try out JOSM (http://josm.openstreetmap.de/) it may make your work much easier.

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Comment from GMHeyes on 27 February 2012 at 15:30

I'm taking it one step at a time, I wish there were more video tutorials.

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Comment from bri g on 1 March 2012 at 00:46

There is no doubt there is a learning curve, and procedures to follow. I think the key thing is not to be too worried about making mistakes, particularly if you are working and contributing to a part of the map that needs and will benefit from your input.

The key I found when starting was that one often returns to parts of the map you edited when you were just starting and correct omissions / mistakes that you made as you find out more about the process.

Also, look / inspect with Josm / potlatch high density areas like London where a lot of mappers have worked and reviewed each other's work - look at the data they are adding to POIs, roads etc and follow the examples as best you can.

OSM editing has come a very long way in just a couple of years with JOSM integrating BING imagery, a plethora of free tools for downloading GPS data ( GPS Babel ) , handy tools such as walking papers - free maps for Garmin ( http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/ ) and all the other devices.

Have fun, ask questions directly to individual members or on the diary / wiki

cheers bri

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Comment from GMHeyes on 1 March 2012 at 14:05

Thanks Bri, I think one of the main problems with me is that I have lots of questions to ask, but think that some of them might look stupid! Also when you say 'on the diary' what exactly do you mean? On my diary?

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Comment from bass on 5 March 2012 at 20:32

I second bri_g, don't be too worried about making mistakes, we all did and continue to do :D

Your diary is this blog where you and I write :D

regards bass

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