There’s a few things you need to do before starting mapping. For more details on signing up for accounts, joining up to the mailing lists, and some background on the project, see the Beginners’ Guide page.
The main map – see what’s already done around your area.
Mapping techniques – a comprehensive guide to different ways of collecting data.
Map Features – The most common tags are found on this page. Reading this before you go out gives you an idea of what things we currently map, but it’s not compulsory to map everything on the list! Please also see the Feature Index!
Upload – Uploading your GPS tracklogs to the server.
Getting Together to Map
Mapping Weekend Howto
Mapping projects – find projects in your region.
OSM User Groups – Find an OSM group in your area.
Meetings – agendas and summaries
of meetings (old 2006)
Before you start Editing, learn here about Copyright.
Editing – a comprehensive guide to editing.
Tagging – how to tag map data, for example specify a road name, road type or public right of way.
Map Features – Again! Your reference to all the different tagging available.
Change monitoring – Stay informed what other mappers do in your area of interest.
Found a bug on some software tool? Add a ticket to the TRAC so developers get the word.
Uploading data from other sources
If you have public domain data from other sources (not a GPS device), you can use API v0.6 to upload data directly. Using curl to upload data (outdated) provides one such example.
POI-Upload – Uploading your POIs to the server.
Bulk Importing – See how to add shapefiles and more
Quality Assurance and map errors
There are various Quality Assurance tools, many of which will show map errors in your town. Some of them, such as OpenStreetBugs and MapDust will let you report an error (type a description which may allow somebody else to fix the map later)
I’m done now – I want to see my map!
Then go to the Map Usage page to see all the fun things you can do with the OSM map!!
Note: Map Usage is a first attempt to get more structure in the Using OpenStreetMap page.