OpenStreetMap can be used to personalize the world map. Users of the app can edit the map for various interests, such as cycling or sailing. Users can work together to add information to make the world map more useful for their interests. Web site owners can also use OpenStreetMap to integrate with their site or blog. Data from the map can be downloaded to a GPS unit for cyclists and others. The app has much information on public transport, such as high speed rail in China, London bus routes and more. The map is constantly updated and can be used as a source of fresh information.Show more screenshots »
The app has received lots of attention worldwide since it was launched in 2004. Some of the attention comes from the fact that the app has been used for humanitarian projects. Some projects include humanitarian relief in Haiti, and mapping after earthquake disasters. OpenStreetMap reached 500,000 users as of late 2011. It estimates that about 3 percent of them add map data at least once a month. It has grown popular with groups that have outdoors interests and with humanitarian organizations. OpenStreetMap has also received much media attention globally.
OpenStreetMap has a large user base that makes it different from other apps. The OpenStreetMap is being updated regularly. The new information is adding to its usefulness for specific groups such as cyclists, backpack travelers and relief workers in less developed areas. OpenStreetMap also has a large support system, including online forums and help sections.It has also received data, help and donations from major companies, adding to the detail available.
The main feature of the app is the world map. This makes it an easy app to understand at first. Editing the map and adding data are a little bit harder to understand at first. Although the world map is clear enough, new users will probably be a bit confused and need to visit the help center. When you first use the app, many options are available and it takes some time to understand them. With experience, the app gets much easier to use and understand. Downloading data from the map is easy and can be down at the click of a link. A beginner's guide contained in the app is highly useful.
Registration takes place after you click `Create User Account' on the left-hand side of the home page. It takes you to a form to fill out your password, your username, and your e-mail address. Login can also be done using OpenID. A confirmation e-mail will take you back to the app. You can start using it immediately. Users can then also access OpenStreetMap community blogs and more features.
OpenStreetMap is free to download and use. It has an open license and is open to anyone who registers. Web site owners and others who use OpenStreetMap data for their own purposes are asked to give credit. There is no limit on its use, however.
This application is great for outdoors enthusiasts, people who work in remote areas, and members of a wide variety of interest groups. Cyclists will find it particularly useful for the amount of data it contains specifically for them. Travelers, whether traveling locally or internationally, will find OpenStreetMap is a great source of information for more remote places. It is also a great source of information for people with specific interests, like rock climbing or camping.