Just put my home village on the map!
Comment from Milliams on 25 February 2011 at 15:02
Hi, it's great that you're adding your village to the map. However, looking at your edits, I see that while you've placed the roads in the correct places, they're not all connected together as can bee seen by zooming in (http://osm.org/go/euM53ExrH--).
In OpenStreetMap roads are made out of nodes and ways (ways are the lines that connect nodes together). In order for the map to be useful to applications like routing programs, roads must connect to another road my sharing a node with it. When drawing a road, this can be done by clicking the final node onto an existing road. If a node is shared between two ways then the red box representing the node will have a black box around it - there should be one of these at every road junction.
If you have any questions feel free to post it as a comment on this diary entry or ask at the OSM Help Centre (http://help.openstreetmap.org/).
Comment from Milliams on 25 February 2011 at 15:03
(Sorry, the link parser included the brackets) The zoomed URL is, of course http://osm.org/go/euM53ExrH-- and the help centre is http://help.openstreetmap.org/ (also a link in the left-hand nav bar).
Comment from terrencem on 25 February 2011 at 23:21
Thanks, I didn't know that. Only just discovered this site. Is there a FAQ for this site?
Comment from compdude on 26 February 2011 at 21:17
To find the FAQ page, click "Documentation" on the left - that will bring up the OSM wiki page. Once on that page, click "FAQs." By the way the wiki page is very useful when you are unsure of what tag to be used for something in OSM. It has helped me a lot; I'm sure it'll help you, too.
Remember, NEVER copy off of any other map while editing osm. I know it's tempting but just don't do it.
Comment from Milliams on 26 February 2011 at 23:33
Indeed. The only exceptions to the no copying rule is maps which have been explicitly allowed by the community. For our purposes this is ONLY the maps that are available by default as backgrounds in the editor (Potlatch2 in this case). For example I see terrencem was tracing from the OS OpenData StreetView map (the one with the yellow building outlines) - this IS allowed.
However, copying from Google, Bing, Mapquest, other OS maps, the A-Z etc. is NOT allowed.
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