OpenStreetMap is a free and open source map of the world. It is often referred to as the Wikipedia of Maps. It’s is maintained by hundreds of volunteers throughout the world and relies on individuals to make corrections and updates to the map. Users are often told to map what they find interesting so in many cases you find data and information contained in it that is not found on other maps of geographic information systems.
With budgets being tightened and organizations forced to be creative in how they obtain and maintain data, this is a resource with which you should become familiar.
Resources for OpenStreetMap:
- Switch2osm.org – Switch to OpenStreetMap and discover how you can build beautiful maps from the world’s best map data. We give you the data for free; you can make any map you like with it. Or benefit from the expertise of those already using OpenStreetMap. Host it on your hardware, or elsewhere. You have control.
- LearnOSM – OpenStreetMap is a free street level map of the world, created by an ever growing community of mappers. Anyone can edit OpenStreetMap. Here you can learn how LearnOSM provides easy to understand, step-by-step guides for you to get started with contributing to OpenStreetMap and using OpenStreetMap and using OpenStreetMap data. If you are interested in running an OpenStreetMap workshop, check out the LearnOSM trainer resources.
- help.openstreetmap.org – This site is for everyone who needs help with OpenStreetMap. You might be a new mapper; you might want to embed OpenStreetMap into your web page; or you might be a company wanting to use OpenStreetMap data. Your questions might be technical, practical or legal. No matter – you’re in the right place.
- HOT – The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team [HOT] applies the principles of open source and open data sharing for humanitarian response and economic development.