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The United Kingdom, Europe
latitude: 55.781, longitude: -5.962
boundary: 62149
Browse map of the United Kingdom 55°46′51.60″ N, 5°57′43.20″ W
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The United Kingdom is a country in Europe at latitude 55°46′51.60″ North, longitude 5°57′43.20″ West.

Flag of the United Kingdom The United Kingdom Mapping Project,
the home of the United Kingdom on the OpenStreetMap wiki.
Hello Welcome to the project for mapping efforts in the United Kingdom!
You can find here national events, ongoing projects, map status and mapping guidelines, as well as links to other pages directly related to the mapping of the United Kingdom.
You may also find a list of contacts and mappers involved with the OpenStreetMap community in the United Kingdom.
OpenStreetMap images (and underlying map data) are freely available under OpenStreetMap License.

This page contains information relating to mapping activity that is specific to the United Kingdom.


The OpenStreetMap community in the UK is multi-layered. At the national level it includes a non-profit company OSMUK ( which is also is a registered Local Chapter of the OpenStreetMap Foundation. Established in December 2016, the company aims to support OpenStreetMap efforts in the UK. More informally we also have an active community participating in discussions on a GB mailing list (historic archive) and an IE & NI mailing list (historic archive).

We also have a few regional groups with active online and in-person communities. Details of both the national and regional groups can be found by following the links below:

Upcoming Events OSMUK
(mailing list)
(mailing list)
OSM London Mappa Mercia OSM Scotland Nottingham
& Derby

Current goals

We aim to make top quality geo-data available as widely as possible. Contributors are therefore encouraged to get involved in any area that interests them, be that mapping footpaths or turn restrictions, or helping to develop the wiki documentation or system tools.

If you are however looking for some inspiration check out

The UK Quarterly Projects — a quarterly, announced focus on improving a type of data coverage

Find out more

The following links provide information on map projects in the UK

Third party data

In addition to the world-wide data sources, the following are available specifically for mapping in the UK. Please note that their accuracy varies and therefore where possible we prefer ground-truthed data (e.g. collected by GPS survey)

  • Ordnance Survey (Great Britain only)
    • Overview
    • OS Open Data - Ordnance Survey has released some data that can be used as an additional source of reference when mapping.
    • Old OS maps - Old maps that are out of copyright and have been scanned and rectified for tracing (work ongoing).
  • National Library of Scotland (not limited to Scotland)
  • Retail stores: Companies that have kindly given permission for branch data to be copied from their websites on to OSM. Do not use images/logos. Before adding to this list get confirmation in writing.
  • Natural England England only
    • OGL data for National Parks, Local and National Nature Reserves, Commons
  • Food Hygiene Rating System
    • Name, address, and other Information for thousands of food handling businesses across the United Kingdom.

See also