WikiProject United Kingdom
This page contains information relating to mapping activity that is specific to the United Kingdom.
You may also wish to drill down to a more local level (starting with the links below) to describe/discuss the status of mapping progress on the wiki:
UK non-profit company
In December 2016 we established a non-profit company to support OpenStreetMap efforts in the UK. You can find a history of the discussions that got us to this point here, and find out more about the company at osmuk.org.
There are several ways to get in touch with the UK OpenStreetMap community. The easiest is through use of the GB mailing list (historic archive), however there is also the Openstreetmap forum for UK users.
Throughout the year, we hold informal meet-ups and mapping parties, and it is always good to see a new face. The Current Events list usually includes quite a few events which are happening in the U.K. You should also be able to find out about events on the wiki by drilling down to a very local level (starting with England/Northern Ireland/Scotland/Wales) however this relies on event organisers (or anyone) being pro-active with linking event descriptions from the relevant wiki pages (Current Events list generally better maintained)
We aim to make top quality geo-data available as widely as possible. Contributors are therefore encouraged to get involved in any area that interests them, be that mapping footpaths or turn restrictions, or helping to develop the wiki documentation or system tools.
If you are however looking for some inspiration check out
The UK Quarterly Projects — a quarterly, announced focus on improving a type of data coverage
Find Out More
The following links provide information on map projects in the UK
- Urban Mapping:
- Road Network:
- Paths and Cycleways:
- United Kingdom railways (and United Kingdom minor railways)
- United Kingdom waterways
- Boundaries and Land Areas:
- Historic Britain Historic places in the British Isles.
- United Kingdom local councils How can they use OSM and feed back into it?
In addition to the world-wide data sources, the following are available specifically for mapping in the UK. Please note that their accuracy varies and therefore where possible we prefer ground-truthed data (e.g. collected by GPS survey)
- Ordnance Survey (Great Britain only)
- Companies that have kindly given permission for branch data to be copied from their websites on to OSM. Do not use images/logos. Before adding to this list get confirmation in writing.
- English Environment Agency LIDAR - Open licensed height data for terrain modelling but also potentially detailed enough for extracting building outlines
Please respect the copyright of these sites:
- Great Britain road numbering scheme
- SABRE - The Society for all British And Irish Road Enthusiasts
- CBRD - Chris's British Road Directory
- Highways Agency - Design Manual for Roads and Bridges