This book is a comprehensive guide to all aspects of OpenStreetMap, the free map of the world.
OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a map of the whole world which 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.
If you want to become an OSM "Mapper" then this book is the ideal starting point.
Endorsements & Reviews
"The Missing Manual For OpenStreetMap?
an indispensable guide to those interested in harnessing the power of OpenStreetMap for mapping, navigation and location services ... After having read the book, I think of it as "OSM – The Missing Manual" ... In sum, this is a book deserving of a place on your bookshelf. It is well written, comprehensive and worth your time, especially if you want to find out how to do things with OSM and don’t want to spend days trying to find the topic in the OSM Wiki. Even if you do find the topic there, I think you would prefer to read the description in “OpenStreetMap, Using and Enhancing the Free Map of the World"
This book is the perfect gift for map lovers, GPS addicts, cartographers, GIS professionals, developers, etc, and should be added to their library collection this holiday season.
It’d be a great reference for an educator looking to incorporate OSM into a course or as the focus of a course. And it’d be a well used reference at a mapping party.
This book is a great introduction to, and overview of, the OpenStreetMap project, with plenty of detail and pointers to further information, all of which is sure to get the reader hooked in the realm of open geodata ... This book would be of interest to a range of different audiences, from walkers and geocaching enthusiasts keen to explore and document their surroundings, to GIS users wanting to know more about emerging sources of geodata, and web developers who are looking for maps or a new source of information to use in their projects... or anyone else who has an interest in geography and how emerging technologies are helping develop the subject.
It addresses a wide range of readers, from those unfamiliar with OSM to the advanced programmers who want to utilise it elsewhere, and is written with a progressive build-up of knowledge, which helps in the learning process. It also benefits from the dedicated website where updates are provided ... As the two books are sold at a similar price point, we liked the Ramm et al. book much more and would recommend it to our students.
the book does very different things to the online help. Its organisation reflects the practical needs of a user community and complements the evolving nature of the online support. It represents a snapshot of a constantly moving target and is indeed "the ideal starting point if you want to contribute to OSM"
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