stupid novice question

Posted by Rogerdodger on 15 July 2010 in English (English)

How do I take the waypoints, IE small villages, from my Garmin GPS to add to the map? These are obscure villages in remote regions of India. There is one road, but its difficult to accurately place them along the road. Do I just take the coordinates from the GPS and then enter that on OSM?

Comment from davespod on 15 July 2010 at 13:49


If you are talking about waypoints you have recorded, having visited these villages, then you can download these (and any GPS traces) and use these for mapping. The Beginner's Guide on the wiki will tell you more:

If you are talking about coordinates on the map/location data that came with the Garmin, please do not enter these into OSM, as you would (probably) be breaching the copyright on the map/data. OSM data should either be collected by on-the-ground survey, with the copyright holder's permission (or under an OSM compatible licence) or public domain (including out-of-copright sources).

More information on OSM and copyright can be found here:

Comment from jose_ecu on 15 July 2010 at 17:05

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Comment from Niels Elgaard Larsen on 16 July 2010 at 13:27

If you mean if you can set a waypoint on you GPS, and then add it to OSM using the coordinates, then yes.

I do not know you GPS, but I use MaemoMapper and I can set a waypoint (mark), export the GPX, open it in Merkaartor and it automatically add the point.

Comment from Rogerdodger on 21 July 2010 at 11:47

Ok non of these answers does anything for me. The first one, if I knew where to look and how to understand how to do it Id have done it and not asked the question, just pointing me to the general wiki does nothing.

second answer right well whatever thanks for that one

third yes but Im using a garmin that acts differently and anyway now you want me to download two other programs...shessh I give up with OSM

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