Mapping… Why Bother?

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world.

That is the definition of OSM on Wikipedia. Kep points are collaborative and free. OSM is not commercially driven and so it is free to use. It is created by everyone, well, everyone who want to help that is, and so I thought I would become an OSM editor.

Why? Well, I thought it would be fun and it would contribute to the OSM project.

So I signed up, installed the Java editor JOSM and set about editing my home town of Saltash in Cornwall.

I have been editing for a few days now and it is certainly fun. Whetehr anyone else is benefiting yet I don’t know, but I am getting to know my local area pretty intimately and so it is benefitting me if nothing else.

In fact, I am enjoying it so much that I have signed up to attend the annual global OSM conference called “State of the Map 2013”. It is 3 days of talks and presentations in Birmingham so I should come away from that with a lot more of an idea of where OSM is right now and where it is going.

I will be blogging and twittering throughout the 3 days so why not tag along?

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