The OpenStreetMap is a free editable map of the world. It is made by people like you.
It allows you to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth. OpenStreetMap creates and provides free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them. The project was started because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive, or unexpected ways.
You can find out more about OpenStreetMap at: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org
The map is alive and kicking.
Witness how quickly the OpenStreetMap is gaining coverage in this video.
The more than 1,000,000 contributors world-wide make this the fastest growing and most dynamic digital map. It is bound to become the most detailed map available byl 2013. There are already some countries (e.g. Germany), in which the OpenStreetMap richness in data has already surpassed those of all commercial competitors.
They have also created one of the greatest visualisations of the tremendous pace of the OpenStreetMap progression in 2008, which you can see below.
SKOBBLER AND OSM
Use the map, help the map.
We firmly believe that the OpenStreetMap is bound to become the greatest map of them all. And we want to do our share in making that happen.
In the App.
For instance, our bestseller skobbler Navigation includes a feedback channel, in which the already more than 1,2 million users can give feedback about things that need improvement in the map.
On the Web.
All these errors (and more) are then displayed on our error-tracking portal MapDust. Active mappers can utilize this portal to identify areas for improvement in their vicinity and go to work.
We also regularly sponsor OpenStreetMap events to foster the community and try to provide help by taking part in projects that aim to meaningfully improve certain aspects of the map.
Useful places to find out more on how you can make the OpenStreetMap better.
- For useful information on how to begin editing the map, go to the beginner's guide for map editing
- You can find a more comprehensive overview of mapping tools and best practices at the official OSM map making overview.
- If you want to find reported map errors, have a look at our MapDust portal or the OpenStreetBugs portal.
- You can find useful information on one of the most-used editors on the JOSM info site.
- The very comprehensive OpenStreetMap wiki allows you to dig deep into every aspect of the OSM project.