OpenStreetMap : Using, and Contributing to, the Free World Map

By (author) Frederik Ramm , By (author) Jochen Topf , By (author) Steve Chilton


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OpenStreetMap is a map of the whole world that can be used and edited freely by everyone. In a Wikipedia-like open community process, thousands of contributors world-wide survey the planet and upload their results to the OpenStreetMap database. Unlike some other mapping systems on the Web, the tools and the data are free and open. You can use them and modify them as you require; you can even download all the map data and run your own private map server if you need to. This book introduces you to the OpenStreetMap community, its data model, and the software used in the project. It shows you how to use the constantly-growing OSM data set and maps in your own projects. The book also explains in detail how you can contribute to the project, collecting and processing data for OpenStreetMap. If you want to become an OpenStreetMap mapper then this is the book for you.

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  • Paperback | 386 pages
  • 177 x 233 x 31mm
  • 01 Oct 2010
  • UIT Cambridge
  • Cambridge
  • English
  • 192 Colour Photos/Black & White Illustrations/Tables/Maps/Screenshots
  • 1906860114
  • 9781906860110
  • 43,705

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Frederik Ramm and Jochen Topf both joined the OpenStreetMap project in 2006 when they were freelance developers. Since then they have made their hobby their profession -- by founding Geofabrik, a company that provides services relating to OpenStreetMap and open geodata.

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"The book is very well written and nicely typeset. ... It is obvious that the authors have a lot of knowledge and experience ..." "This book has proven to be a very good OSM introduction. Getting up to speed with OpenStreetMap is much easier if you have read this book." "This book is a must-have for OSM newcomers. The basics are presented well and are easy to understand, and you do not need to be an IT specialist to contribute your first data to OSM after a short time."

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