Nearby users

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This page describes how you can find out which other people are mapping (contributing to OSM) near your location. You could contact a single mapper afterwards.

Home location

The website has a feature called 'home location'. You need to set your home location in order to see the home locations of some other users nearby, and they will be able to discover your home location in turn. If you do not wish to set your home location for privacy reasons, consider placing it at an anonymous nearby location. Alternatively, leave it blank. It's not required, and there are several other #Alternative tools to try.

To set your home location:

  • On 'log in'
  • Click on your user name in top right, a drop-down menu appears.
  • Click on “My Profile”.
  • Click the button “Edit Profile”
  • Scroll down to the 'Home Location' map.
  • Tick the 'Update home location when I click on the map?' tickbox
  • Click to set your home location
  • Click the button 'Update Profile'

Returning to your user page, you will now see a map centred on your home location with a number of green markers indicating the home locations of users nearby, as well as a list of these users alongside. Note that some of these users may be inactive. Navigate to their user pages to see their edit count and other activity.

Alternative tools

Those other tools could be more useful to find nearby active mappers:

See also Question:How do I see the history for my area? (including finding out which users have edited what)