My thoughts on OpenStreetMap


OpenStreetMap is the project that creates and distributes free geographic data for the world.

OSM is a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world.

OpenStreetMap is the Wikipedia of maps. Everyday thousands of people edit map.

Here I must say – “everyday thousands of people improve map, fix mistakes and are adding new data”.


Now, a question comes in mind, What makes OpenStreetMap great ?

There may be different views from different people.


There is less chance of mistake or wrong mapping in OpenStreetMap. For the first time, anybody viewing the map can suggest correction. If by mistake one person marked some location wrong, then there would be ten more to pick it.


OpenStreetMap project has amazing amount of geodata made available to the world for free. OSM data is even used by many known names on web like Foursquare, Craigslist, Wikipedia, Mapquest, and Apple’s iOS Maps app. It is used in humanitarian operations also, as now many contributers are working together to mark the havoc caused by rain in Kedarnath, India.


You can add notes on OSM by just clicking ‘Add a note’ in the bottom right corner.

OpenStreetMap is a map for the people, by the people, and made with personal local knowledge.

Personally, OpenStreetMap is very special to me. Working in OSM project made me feel for the first time that I can love Computer Science as much as I love Civil Engineering. Thank You Rai Sir for you gave me such a awesome project to work.



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