Beginners' guide

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This Beginners' Guide will show you how to add data to OpenStreetMap. Translations are available in many languages which you can select from the table at the top of this page.

You need a computer connected to the Internet and some time to gather information and then enter it. A GPS unit and connecting cable are purely optional, but will be required if you want to collect data that way. Given the excellent aerial photography available in the editors these days, a GPS is less important than in the early days of the project.

The data you add to OpenStreetMap improves the free world map for everyone, whether it's a small correction or thousands of roads added over time. Thank you for making OpenStreetMap just that much better!

There is a panel on the right of every page of the tutorial. The page you are on will be in bold text and you can move to any other page by clicking on the relevant page title. The bottom of each page has "previous" and "next" links, as appropriate, to take you through the tutorial page by page.