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Author: Yellowbkpk
Platform: Web
Language: English
Website: https://onosm.org/
Source code: https://github.com/osmlab/onosm.org

Add businesses to OpenStreetMap

onosm.org (http://onosm.org) is a simple website to help people add businesses to OpenStreetMap. It doesn't add anything directly. Instead it posts data as a Note

Note description

The data is submitted in the description field of the note, but in a predefined format e.g.:

onosm.org submitted note from a business: 
name: MongoDB Inc  
phone: +44 870 495 8023 
website: http://mongodb.com/ 
twitter: @mongodb 
hours: Mo-Fr 10:00-18:00 
category: Tech Startups 
address: Unit 1E, Zetland House, 5-25 Scrutton Street, London

A comment on using notes for this

For the most part this seems like a useful kind of note to add, although sometimes business listings aren't really the kind of thing we would add to OSM. Also asking a user to input structured fields, perhaps it is time to make them aware of editors and tags and things (Notes are designed really for unstructured free-form text input). On the whole though, this seems quite good, and not in violation of any Notes#Notes API guidelines.


As of March 9, 2022, there have been 81,718 notes added. 43,074 (53.7%) are closed.

Per year:

  • 2013: 32
  • 2014: 115
  • 2015: 103 (10 (10%) still open)
  • 2016: 209 (30 (14%) still open)
  • 2017: 1,073 (160 (15%) still open)
  • 2018: 3,682 (848 (23%) still open)
  • 2019: 12,872 (4,917 (38%) still open)
  • 2020: 28,142 (11,971 (43%) still open)
  • 2021: 28,559 (16,062 (56%) still open)
  • 2022: 6,938 (4,646 (67%) still open -- but this is a partial year)


Developed by Yellowbkpk.

Code is on github: https://github.com/osmlab/onosm.org

An italian version is live on su.openstreetmap.it; the code is a fork of onosm and it's on GitHub.

An Brazilian Portuguese version is live on zapto.openstreetmap.org.br; the code is a fork of onosm and it's on GitHub.