Us­ing OSM

OpenSource For You - - FOR U & ME OVERVIEW -

There are sev­eral ways of us­ing lSM to sim­ply view the map or to view the data con­tained within. You can use lSM ir­re­spec­tive of the de­vice or the op­er­at­ing sys­tem that you have.

In the browser: Sim­ply visit http:// openstreetmap.org (or osm.org). You can change the base map by click­ing on the lit­tle drop-down box at the top right-hand side of the map, and choos­ing a map (from Cy­cle Map, Trans­port Map or the Mapquest lpen Map). When view­ing the map, ae­rial im­agery is not avail­able, due to li­cence re­stric­tions (or it won’t be free, so get over it).

Af­ter you zoom into the map to a rea­son­able level, you can view the map data by click­ing on the drop-down ar­row ad­ja­cent to the Edit link above the map. It is also pos­si­ble to ex­port the map data as XML, or an im­age, by click­ing on Ex­port. This way, you can down­load parts of the map to make roughly printed-out pa­per maps.

On your An­droid de­vice: For An­droid, there’s an ex­cel­lent ap­pli­ca­tion called lSMAnd. You can down­load it ei­ther from the Play Store or from the F-Droid ap­pli­ca­tion for An­droid.

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