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Overview of this book

Imagine being able to create accurate maps that look how you want them to, and use them on the Web or in print, for free. OpenStreetMap allows exactly that, with no restrictions on how or where you use your maps. OpenStreetMap is perfect for businesses that want to include maps on their website or in publications without paying high fees. With this book in hand you have the power to make, alter, and use this geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on the Earth.OpenStreetMap 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. This book will allow you to take control of your own maps and use them smoothly. This book introduces the reader to the OpenStreetMap project and shows you how to participate in the project, and make use of the data it provides. No prior knowledge of the project is assumed, and technical details are kept to a minimum.In this book, you'll learn how easy it is to add your neighborhood to OpenStreetMap using inexpensive GPS equipment, or even no GPS at all. You'll find out how to communicate with other mappers working in the same area, and where to find more information about how to map the world around you.Once you have your area mapped, you'll learn how to turn this information into maps, whether for use in print or online, large or small, and with the details you want shown. The book describes several rendering methods, each suited to different types of map, and takes you through a tutorial on each one.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
About the Author
About the Reviewers
How OpenStreetMap Records Geographical Features

Chapter 7. Checking OpenStreetMap Data for Problems

You've surveyed, you've mapped and tagged, and you're nearly ready to use the data you and other mappers have collected. Just before you do, it's worth doing some checks to see if you or anyone else has made any mistakes. There are many online tools you can use to inspect the data and identify possible problems, provided by the project itself and some third parties.

In this chapter, we'll look at some of the following tools you can use to check OpenStreetMap data in a particular area, and what problems they can and can't tell you about:

  • The data inspection tools on

  • The NoName map

  • ITOWorld OSM Mapper

  • Geofabrik's OSM Inspector

Some of these tools identify specific problems, while others allow you to see when changes to the data were made and by whom. In either case, all these tools can do is offer guidance, not black-and-white answers, and you always need to use judgment when checking data.

It's important to remember that there...