Why the world needs OpenStreetMap

by admin on January 27, 2014

An excellent piece by emacsen:

…why do we need a project like OpenStreetMap? The answer is simply that as a society, no one company should have a monopoly on place, just as no one company had a monopoly on time in the 1800s. Place is a shared resource, and when you give all that power to a single entity, you are giving them the power not only to tell you about your location, but to shape it. In summary, there are three concerns- who decides what gets shown on the map, who decides where you are and where you should go, and personal privacy.

Who decides what gets displayed on a Google Map? The answer is, of course, that Google does.

How can we map for OSM using our phones (if your phone has a built in GPS chip)?

iPhone: GoMap!
Blackberry 10: Nogago Tracks.
Blackberry OS before 10: GPSLogger II.
Windows Phone: SimpleOSM.
Android: Vespucci.
Symbian S60: PyS60Editor.
Nokia Internet Tablets N800/N810/N900: OSM2Go.
n case your phone doesn’t have a GPS chip, you can always use something like the Columbus V990. (This page is in German, you can use some online translation service to read it).

These are only some of the tools that I have experienced myself. There are many others. Just look around and find one that you prefer using. Some of these apps, like Nogago and GPSLogger II help in recording gpx trails and waypoints which you must import into OSM editors like Potlatch/JOSM/iD etc to create maps. Apps like GoMap! and Vespucci allow you to directly add waypoints and other information on OSM.

Map responsibly and understand the security concerns involved.


That is a really nice concept.
Always wanted to be able to publicly pin places on google map but never could.
Will try this soon. 🙂

by genobz on February 8, 2014 at 9:12 pm. #

Yes and OSM is so simple to use!

by admin on March 6, 2014 at 8:01 am. #


Nice Post. Thanks for sharing this information with us.

by Archu singh on June 27, 2014 at 4:31 pm. #

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