Updated on March 27, 2024

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Created on August 31, 2020

Openstreetmap

OpenStreetMap is an open-source project that aims to create a free editable map of the world and provide geospatial data to web sites, mobile apps, and hardware devices.

Developed By
  1. Map Kibera
Tested By
  • Apple
  • Facebook
  • The government of Buenos Aires
Content Partners
Unknown

Author

Product Description

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is an open-source mapping tool that provides geospatial data to websites, mobile apps, or hardware devices. OSM is built by a community of developers and specialists in mapping that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and more all over the world. Contributors use aerial imagery, GPS devices, and low tech field maps to verify that the data is accurate and up to date.

Target SDGs

SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

OpenStreetMaps

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include Mapbox.

Manufacturing/Building Method

N/A

Intellectural Property Type

Select Type

User Provision Model

Users can use this tool for mapping by entering OpenStreetMaps' website. Developers can clone the project or contribute following the guidance on their Github repo.

Distributions to Date Status

As of 2020, OpenStreetMaps has reached more than 6 M users.

Design Specifications

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is an open-source mapping tool that provides map data to websites, mobile apps, or hardware devices. OSM is built by a community of developers and specialists in mapping that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and more all over the world. Contributors use aerial imagery, GPS devices, and low tech field maps to verify that the data is accurate and up to date. The website and the API of OSM are written in Ruby On Rails, and the main server uses PostgreSQL as a database and PostGIS to store different types of geometry of geographic objects.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

This product does not offer technical support but it has several resources for learning about the project.

Replacement Components

N/A

Lifecycle

N/A

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

This product aims to make mapping tools available to everyone.

Vetted Performance Status

Testing performed by the Department of Civil Engineering, Al-Matria Faculty of Engineering determined that OpenStreetMap data has a positional accuracy of 1.57 m which is suitable for generating planimetric maps of scale 1:5000 or smaller.

Safety

No known safety hazards are related to this product.

Complementary Technical Systems

A device with a basic internet connection.

Academic Research and References

Haklay, M., Weber, P., 2008, OpenStreetMap: User-Generated Street Maps. IEEE Pervasive Computing, Volume: 7.

Mooney, P., Corcoran, P., 2010, Winstanley A., 2010, Towards quality metrics for OpenStreetMap. 18th SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems.

Van Exel, M., Dias, E., Fruijtier, S. 2010, The impact of crowdsourcing on spatial data quality indicators. Vrije Universiteit, FEWEB/RE

Luxen, D., Vetter C., 2011, Real-time routing with OpenStreetMap data. 19th SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems.

El-Ashmawy, K. l., 2016, Testing the positional accuracy of OpenStreetMap data for mapping applications. Geodesy and Cartography, 42(1), 25-30.

Mooney, P., Corcoran, P., 2012, The Annotation Process in OpenStreetMap. Transaction in GIS, Volume16, Issue4.

Compliance with regulations

According to their Terms of Service, Mapbox is in compliance with all local laws and regulations.

Evaluation methods

Integration of OpenStreetMap services in multiple platforms (applications/websites).

Other Information

Users can find more information in this video.

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