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OpenStreetMap

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OpenStreetMap

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)
OpenStreetMap
Credits
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Preface
4
How OpenStreetMap Records Geographical Features
Index

About the Reviewers

Steve Coast has worked in a variety of heavy lifting computing applications, from computational geometry to artificial life, and mapping applications. Steve lives in Denver, Colorado, and enjoys hangliding, Mongolian throat singing, and soccer.

As founder of OpenStreetMap, the free wiki world map, Steve undertakes a wide variety of roles within the project, from creating the API to his many public speaking appearances around the world. Steve is also chairman of the OpenStreetMap Foundation, a not-for-profit that supports and guides the project.

Richard Fairhurst is a journalist, cartographer, and programmer who has been involved with OpenStreetMap since the very first days of the project. He is best known for the Potlatch online map editor, but his favorite OSM activity is strapping a GPS to the handlebars of his trusty hybrid bike and going out to map a National Cycle Network route.

His day job is editing Waterways World magazine. In his spare time, as well as mapping, he is a volunteer Sustrans cycle ranger and plays the church organ. He lives in a small Oxfordshire town, which is reputed to have the highest concentration of OSM users anywhere in the world.