OpenStreetMap

The power of OSM

Posted by rene78 on 24 May 2018 in English (English)

I would like to recount an interesting encounter I had during a bike trip in Myanmar. In December 2016 I cycled from Yangon/Myanmar to Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia. Beforehand I was armchair mapping some tracks east of Bago, Myanmar in order to avoid the stinky and noisy main road and slightly short-cut the trip. Later I used OsmAnd+ to navigate those tracks.

It was precisely on these roads in the middle of nowhere - Google Maps is literally blank there - where I met a female solo bike traveller. She used Maps.me to navigate and was using 'my' roads to go into the opposite direction.

Quite entertaining to see the real world impact of all our mapping efforts.

Here is a picture of one of those newly mapped roads at a slightly different location.

Location: 17,370, 96,726

Comment from Firefishy on 24 May 2018 at 22:18

Awesome! Happy mapping.

Comment from Warin61 on 24 May 2018 at 22:58

Wish more people would 'virtually visit' and adding anything they can see to OSM before physically visiting places. This aids their trip, helps them add things while they are there too.

Comment from bdiscoe on 30 May 2018 at 15:47

As the third-most-contribution armchair mapper in OSM, this story delights me. My countless mapping hours count!

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