This Beginners' guide will show you how to add data to
OpenStreetMap. Tutorials are available in many languages which you
can select from the table at the top of this page.
You need a computer connected to the Internet and some time to
gather information and then enter it. A GPS unit and connecting cable
are purely optional, but will be required if you want to collect data
that way. Given the excellent aerial photography available in the
editors these days a GPS is less important than in the early days of
Finally, there is a page of additional
resources and next steps including some other excellent
The data you add to OpenStreetMap improves the free world map for
everyone, whether it's a small correction or thousands of roads added
over time. Thank you for making OpenStreetMap just that bit better!
There is a panel on the right of every page of the tutorial. The
page you are on will be in bold text and you can move to any other
page by clicking on the relevant page title. The bottom of each page
has 'next' and 'previous' links, as appropriate, to take you through
the tutorial page by page.
OpenStreetMap is a fantastic project, it's very easy to get involved. Contrary to popular belief, you don't need any special hardware. The online editor overlays the editable, map over satellite imagery so you can basically just trace and label what you see.
For people who need a goal in order get started on a project, here are two easy ones which will improve the map tremendously:
1.) Learn how to label a street as one-way, and correct all the one-ways in your neighborhood.
2.) Learn how to label a section of road as a bridge, and how to specify that the bridge is higher than what it is intersecting, then label all of the bridges in your town.
The first one is easier, and should take you about 5-20 minutes to learn, and maybe an evening to complete. The second one is a little trickier, and may take you an evening to learn (if you don't do the first one first), and another evening to complete. Currently, both of these things seem to be a real problem for navigation apps that use OSM data. So correcting either will make a huge difference to someone trying to navigate in your area.
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