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Guide to Open Street Map

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  • OpenStreetMap WHY? Teach mapping and cartography Great Geography club activity Use some of the techniques and the free software to get students making maps, or even better contributing to the OSM project. Get students to consider the rationale behind the project
  • Firstly, create an account Click here to go to the OpenStreetMap website Start by creating an account Don’t use a valuable password as it is not a secure server.
  • Collect GPS data The next stage is to collect some GPS data. I use a Garmin handheld. If you have a Symbian phone you can install GPS tracking software such as GE Track or GPS track in conjunction with a separate bluetooth GPS The OSM site contains lots of useful tips for collecting data with your GPS View slide
  • Convert GPS track to GPX Converting your GPS track to GPSX format is relatively simple. If you have a handheld device such as a Garmin Etrex or Gecko, connect it to your PC and use software such as Easy GPS to download and convert the track. If you are using the phone option, the software will probably let you export your track in GPX format. View slide
  • Upload to OSM
  • Create map from GPS track The track can be edited directly in the Potlatch window. Alternatively download and use the JSOM application to create OSM data. It’s probably best to experiment in the Play mode first since all edits will be saved directly into the OSM database.
  • Add tags and labels Here I’m tagging a section of In this screen I’ve created a point unclassified road and tagged it with the name of the hamlet.
  • Render map This is the final stage in map creation. You have to be a little patient before you see your contribution appearing on the main map (termed the “Slippy Map” in OSM jargon. There are simple instructions on how to render your work on the website. My first OSM contribution Noel Jenkins www.juicygeography.co.uk