Map your Home area with OpenStreetMaps

Mapping has always been vital since the days of old. It is because the ancient adventurers made maps of everywhere, that we have such a deep knowledge of our planet. In this futuristic age, we are pushing towards more discovery of our environment and the world at large. The amount of places that have been mapped is super and now you can go almost anywhere without the fear of getting lost.

Join in the action

If you live in a rural/urban place that hasn’t been mapped at all or has been mapped poorly, you can take action and map it yourself. After all, you know your home area inside out right? But how can you do this? Most people didn’t pay attention in Geography and mapping reading/making skills aren’t common.

Well, that shouldn’t be a hustle. You can map your home with Open Street Maps (OSM).

What is OSM?

Open street map is a free, editable map of the whole world that is being built by volunteers largely from scratch. OSM is released with an open-content license. The OpenstreetMaps license allows free (or almost free) access to map images and all map data.

The creation of OSM is motivated by restrictions and availability of map information across the world.

So how do you get started?

All you need to do is:

  • go to OpenStreetMap
  • signup to create an account
  • After you’re logged in, select an editor.
  • The editor is what you will use to add information to your home area.
  • After that, navigate to your home area and start mapping.

Some of the things you can do is: label roads, add schools/hospitals/social centers, name buildings etc.

This will help to make the information about your home area more accurate.

For more info, visit the OSM wiki

Originally published at Decode.

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