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 Given the excellent (but sometimes outdated!) aerial photography available in the editors these days, a GPS is less important than in the early days of the project.

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  • You can skip (optional) headings and links, but you may miss some important information. It may take 15-20 minutes to read all relevant information.
  • You can safely skip "See also" sections, they are to show you where to seek for additional help
  • No need to hurry, you can return to this guide at any second with your questions

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