Posted by Kirk Dugless on 27 July 2020 in English (English).

I’m new could use help figuring this out please

Location: Pella, Marion County, Iowa, United States

Comment from ABZ_OSM on 27 July 2020 at 14:16

Hi Kirk

If you open your browser at or, they arrive at the same place, you can start editing.

You will need to log in to do so, but since you are posting you already have an account so this should not be difficult.

If you click “Edit” top left and then “Edit with ID” you can start editing with your browser and making contributions.

Contributions are made by over tracing the shown sattelite images and fillnig out the map in this way.

After over tracing tags have to be added to identify the structure you have outlined. Dots are called “nodes”. Dots joined as a line are called “ways”.

I would just start by (re-) searching and reading to see how things work. You tube might be a good place to start. OSM wikis on tags are also great.

It will take a while to “get it”,

Hope that helps

Comment from Glassman on 28 July 2020 at 02:54

Hey Kirk, When you open the editor as @ABZ_OSM mentions above, there is a tutorial that is runs through basic edits. It only takes a few minutes to complete. Well worth the time.

I’d also suggest joining our Slack community at People are on Slack are more than willing to help.

But most importantly - have fun editing.



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