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The Global Positioning System (GPS) provides geolocation. Note that strictly speaking GPS only refers to the positioning system operated by the United States and that it is actually just one of several global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) ... others are for example Galileo, GLONASS and BeiDou. Colloquially people however just tend to say GPS and are often unfamiliar with GNSS. For the same reason the web front end also just speaks of GPS traces.

See also

  • GPS tracks – GPS tracks can be recorded, used for mapping as well as shared.
  • Accuracy of GPS data – The accuracy of GPS data depends on many factors.
  • GPS device reviews – If you're thinking of getting a GPS Receiver to add data to OSM, these device reviews are here to help.