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Old 04.08.2009, 16:54
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OpenStreetMap

I recently discovered OpenStreetMap, an open-source map of the world that anyone can edit.

The reasoning behind such an enterprise makes some sense: the map is free of any licensing restrictions, for example.

While the map is nothing but empty patches in many areas, in many locations the map is more detailed than any other map I have seen elsewhere.

On Google Maps (and on every other online map that I have seen, for that matter), the street where I live is presented incorrectly. Just about everyone who comes to my place has trouble finding it the first time. Only on OSM is the map correct, because I fixed it myself.

Has anyone else had any experience with this?
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OpenStreetMaps, a project to make free maps of the world

I had heard vaguely about the OpenStreetMap project, but had never given it much thought until I discovered the free Garmin compatible map of Switzerland, and wma pointed me to the project.

Since then I have uploaded several GPS tracks of hikes I did in Switzerland, and am now doing some mapping in New Hampshire.

There are almost infinite opportunities for those with a GPS and some time to spare to help. Help is needed; outside the towns coverage is sketchy. For example, while Zinal is well mapped, the apparently (looking at 1:25,000 SwissTopo map) much larger St-Luc is, apart from the main road and ski slopes, essentially unmapped. Coverage of hiking trails is very variable, and all areas that I have looked at have huge gaps.

You can, like me, work alone, the links given in wma's post got me started. Just a warning, the two map editors, though not complex, are not very intuitive and have a steepish learning curve.

The project has a forum, with a section for Swiss users, and a whole slew of mailing lists, including one devoted to Switzerland (I use the forum, and occasionally browse the mailing list archives).

There seems to be quite a bit of OSM activity in Zurich. There has been a meeting in February and a mapping party is planned on the eleventh of April.
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Re: OpenStreetMap

Just to bump up this thread

The Zurich group meets every month: Zürich/OSM-Treffen.

I know nothing of the state of the road network on OSM as I do not drive in Switzerland, but do know that a lot of work is needed on the less popular trails. Also many alpine villages have minimal roads and POIs. So if you have a GPSr please help out!

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