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Maps: OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap creates and provides free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them. The project 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. (Since the project started the UK’s Ordinance Survey has since made its data open.)

Here’s a BBC slideshow on how OpenStreetMap was used in the wake of the Haiti earthquake.

Here’s a screencast of how to do some basic editing of the map.

And here are the steps:

  • Create an account
  • Find the location you want to add content to
  • Select the Edit with Save option
  • Drag and drop an icon from the palette at the bottom onto the map.
  • Give it a name and other information.
  • Click Save.
  • If you want to add a road, just double click somewhere and start dragging.

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