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OpenStreetMap in The Guardian

Aceasta pagină prezintă OpenStreetMap, Din punct de vedere a jurnaliștilor și dorințele lor de a scrie despre proiect This page aims to provide an introduction to OpenStreetMap, from the point of view of journalists, and those wishing to write about the project


"OpenStreetMap is a project aimed squarely at creating and providing free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them."
"The project was started because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive or unexpected ways."

Contributors to OpenStreetMap take handheld GPS devices with them on journeys, or go out specially to record GPS tracks. They record street names, village names and other features using notebooks, digital cameras, and voice-recorders.

Back at the computer, contributors upload those GPS logs showing where they travelled, and trace-out the roads on OpenStreetMap's collaborative database. Using their notes, contributors add the street names, information such as the type of road or path, and the connections between roads.

That data is then processed to produce detailed street-level maps, which can be published freely on sites such as Wikipedia, used to create handheld or in-car navigation devices, or printed and copied without restriction.

See Why Make OpenStreetMap for some more philosophy, or Portal:Users for technical details

See Press Contacts for people in the project willing to be contacted by journalists.


Logo images Logos
Promotional images Featured images is a collection of our best maps and images
Sample maps For Sample maps, see our description of interesting Places, or just browse around the map

(Please read the OpenStreetMap License before publishing maps; we want everyone to know that they're free to copy, so you have to tell them when you publish...)

Communities Mapping projects shows the activity in various countries
Current statistics Statistics shows how many people are involved, and how much data they've collected
Newspaper coverage OpenStreetMap in the press has links to some press coverage of OpenStreetMap


To get up-to-date information on OpenStreetMap, you can subscribe to the mailing list (see Contact page), read the announcements page, or see the list of events

Examples of OpenStreetMap events in the past have included a meet-up on Isle of Wight (attended by groups from as far away as Norway) and Mapchester, supported by Manchester University.


All details on the Contact page

Press resources for OSM activists