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Main Project Information
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: 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. including a beginners guide: .
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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
Training Materials
Class Materials
Media Mentions
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Tags geo, maps, open data
Project Updated 05/23/2018