|Presented By||The OpenStreetMap Foundation|
|Goal||A free and open map of the world|
|Task||Map your neighbourhood|
|Where||Global, anywhere on the planet|
OpenStreetMap is a free, interactive map that allows anyone to view, edit, and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth. The project was started because many maps available online have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive, or unexpected ways.
Contributors to OpenStreetMap carry out detailed surveys or quick observations. They record map details right down to shops, restaurants and even residential addresses. This surveying can make use of smartphones, digital cameras, voice-recorders, or just a pen and paper. Back at the computer, contributors make edits to OpenStreetMap's collaborative database. That data is then processed to produce detailed street-level maps, which can be published freely to websites, mobile apps, handheld or in-car navigation devices, or printed and copied without restriction.
|How to Join||
Sign up on the website at: https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/new From there you can follow the 'welcome' instructions, and take a tour of the online editor. Then... have a go at contributing to the map! Find something missing, and add it. For example is your favourite restaurant on the map?
A wide range of resources and instructions can be found on the OpenStreetMap wiki. http://wiki.openstreetmap.org including a beginners guide: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Beginners%27_guide .
|Special Skills||Map making. Exploring!|
|Ideal Age Group||Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors|
|Ideal Frequency||Just once|
|Average Time||An hour or so|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||Exclusively online, In the car, At home|
|Tags||geo, maps, open data|
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