Open Street Map (OSM)
Submitted by cecilia on Sun, 11/27/2011 - 23:36
How do you make things with it?
There are three different ways to use Open Street Map. Open Street Map is made up of three separate elements: the map itself, the data that it is made of, and the software platform that makes it work. The map you can look at online, the data you can use to make your own maps and the software platform is available to you to use in your own projects. By registering with the Open Street Map website, you can use the mapping platform to map out your own area yourself. There are communities dedicated to improving the maps, and they have organised mapping projects that you can become involved with. This has been a form of advocacy in itself where maps were non-existent, inadequate or politicised (see the examples section). Open Street Map itself does not provide an equivalent to Google's “My Places”, which enables you to create a simple map using your own data. However, you can use Ushahidi to display information about incidents and events on top of maps taken from Open Street Map. You can also use Open Street Map to make your own map using free software like QGIS that you can install on your computer. However, this is not straightforward to do and will require some technical knowledge.
Things you can make:
How do you get data into it?Direct entry and GPX
How do you get data out of it?JPG, OGR, PDF, PNG, PS, SVG and XML
How is it licensed?Open Database License (OdbL)