10 Facts About OpenStreetMap


OpenStreetMap is a collaborative project to create a free editable geographic database of the world.

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OpenStreetMap data has been favourably compared with proprietary datasources, although as of 2009 data quality varied across the world.

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In October 2007, OpenStreetMap completed the import of a US Census TIGER road dataset.

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In June 2021, OpenStreetMap Foundation announced plans to move from the United Kingdom to a country in the European Union, citing Brexit as the inciting factor.

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The data is then entered into the OpenStreetMap database using a number of software tools including JOSM and Mercator.

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In February 2015, OpenStreetMap added route planning functionality to the map on its official website.

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OpenStreetMap maintains lists of online and offline routing engines available, such as the Open Source Routing Machine.

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OpenStreetMap data was originally published under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike licence with the intention of promoting free use and redistribution of the data.

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Some OpenStreetMap data is supplied by companies that choose to freely license either actual street data or satellite imagery sources from which OSM contributors can trace roads and features.

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OpenStreetMap uses a topological data structure, with four core elements:.

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