Be your own cartographer using Packt’s new OpenStreetMap book

October 2010 | Open Source

Packt is pleased to announce OpenStreetMap, a new book that provides geographic-information professionals with the freedom to make, alter, and use geographical data in a collaborative way. Written by Jonathan Bennett, this book introduces readers to the OSM project and guides them through the process of gathering, editing, and using OpenStreetMap data by making use of a series of real-world examples.

 

OpenStreetMap is a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world. The maps are created using data from portable GPS devices, aerial photography, other free sources or simply from local knowledge. OpenStreetMap was inspired by sites such as Wikipedia; the map display features a prominent 'Edit' tab and a full revision history is maintained. Registered users can upload GPS track logs and edit vector data using the given editing tools.

OpenStreetMap demonstrates how easy it is to add neighbourhoods to OpenStreetMap using inexpensive GPS equipment as well as how to communicate with other mappers working in the same area. Readers can make use of digital photography and voice recordings to speed up the surveying process as well as create customized maps of any area showing only the features they want.

Through this book readers can take control of their own maps and use them smoothly. They will learn how to check the data in the map for errors as well as tackle problems by making use of various tools. Additionally, they would also learn how to use maps that are made using OpenStreetMap on a mobile device as well as import OpenStreetMap data into a traditional Geographic Information System (GIS).

Geographic-information professionals interested in using OpenStreetMap in their work, and web designers and developers who want to include mapping in their sites will find this book an interesting and beneficial read. This book is out now and is available with Packt. For more information, please visit: - www.packtpub.com/openstreetmap/book

                                                          

 

  Be your own cartographer

For more information, please visit: https://www.packtpub.com/openstreetmap/book

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