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.
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.
Comment from Anna_AG 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
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?
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