Welcome to OpenStreetMap India!
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- 1 Map of India
- 2 Rendering Server
- 3 Getting started
- 4 Mapping terminology
- 5 Rivers and streams
- 6 Mapping progress
- 7 Specific subjects
- 8 Events and Workshops
- 9 Naming
- 10 Data Sources
- 11 Districts
- 12 Experimental OSM map of India
Map of India
Advice for new users; see India/Getting_started
Most terms used as keys should be according the general guidelines, and different usage for India should be after discussion here. This section lists some terms specific to India, with preferred spellings when they are used.
Use the following terms;
- taluk - covers taluka, tehsil, mandal
- panchayat - for panchayath
- district - for zilla et.c.
Note that this refers especially to the key, not always to the value. So you can have the other usage in the value for names. So a district would be subdivided into areas tagged as 'taluk', but a taluk could be called 'xxx tehsil' or 'xxx mandal' or otherwise according to local usage. e.g. name="Daund taluka".
Certain terms may be found to commonly marked with the wrong tag/value in India. In particular, the following;
- Tag:leisure=playground - is often used to mark sports fields. However, in OSM (and general English) playgrounds are for sets of swings et.c. for small children. This term should not be used for stadiums, playing fields and certainly nothing used for adult sports. Instead use Tag:leisure=stadium, Tag:landuse=recreation_ground, or other specific names.
Rivers and streams
Tag:waterway=river specifies in a way a maximum width for a stream. If a fit adult cannot jump across it, then it is a river. Many smaller rivers in India are currently mapped as streams. Bear in mind also that dry season aerial photography may be misleading; the width should be based on average or routine highwater levels.
The data includes some larger river banks. Actually it looks like they've been tagged waterway=river when they should have been waterway=riverbank. These are also very easy to correct based on landsat. It looks like the AND Data was based on a time when there was less water in the river. Some of the river deltas shift location over time too. here for example the rivers have perhaps flooded to form a lake sice the AND data was created.
Track this at India/Mapping progress (not always up-to-date).
See Railway Mapping
See Highway Mapping
See Place Mapping
See Landuse Mapping
Disaster response mapping
A small amount of disaster response mapping was carried out for 2013 North India floods.
If you're interested in response to future disasters, check out the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. In general all mapping progress in India will serve to make our map more useful to aid organisations in the event of a disaster.
Events and Workshops
For a list of planned an previous events check India/Events
India has many languages and writing systems. The community convention is to use the Roman alphabet ('English') for the name key and to use the name in the local script for the "name:lang" key. Wherever possible, add the names in all languages that you can; this will make it possible to create maps in multiple languages.
For example, to name the city of Bangalore (Bengaluru), use the following keys and values:
Where an official name exists, use it for the "name" key. If another name is more popular, it can be added using the name:alt key; in some cases it may be appropriate to place it in brackets after the official name. Sometimes the name:en key may be used as well.
Do not use abbreviated names, especially for localities. If the abbreviated name is more popular, treat it as described in the previous paragraph.
If multiple scripts are used in a name given using the name key; (e.g. name=ग्वालियर (Gwalior)), then this may cause problems when used on systems where both sets of fonts are not present. The fonts that the system cannot show may show up as empty boxes, question marks, or other meaningless forms. Use name=Gwalior, and also name:hi=ग्वालियर.
There are notes on creating district maps (including in Indian scripts) at Creating maps of Indian districts.
Other activities include creating wiki pages for cities and districts:
- Patiala District
- Patiala - A blind user from Patiala asks for map completion to use it with Loadstone - Please help: See OSM for the blind ! --Lulu-Ann 11:20, 9 July 2009 (UTC)
Experimental OSM map of India
To edit files at OSMIndia, you need account at http://bitbucket.org/ and permission may be obtained by sending request to: lawgon (AT) au-kbc.org
- Install source control management tool Mercurial.
- locate sample.hgrc (e.g. /usr/share/doc/mercurial-common/examples/sample.hgrc)
- cp /usr/share/doc/mercurial-common/examples/sample.hgrc ~/.hgrc
- Edit .hgrc (under [ui] edit username)
- hg clone https://bitbucket.org/lawgon/osmindia/
- cd osmindia/
- Edit file
- hg commit
- hg push (here you need to provide username and password of http://bitbucket.org/)
With the map data getting better day by day, there is a ever growing need for the creation of new tags and icons that will be specific to India. In order to document and list the proposals for review and dicussion this page has been created. Add your proposals here for review and discussion.