Open Street Map


It is probably well-known that I like open source. Since some months I spend a lot of my free time by editing the Open Street Map (OSM). I would like to introduce you to this project, which will come across everybody’s future as Wikipedia did.

OSM is an open source project which’s goal is to provide a map of the whole globe and as Wikipedia does, it invites everybody to contribute new data under a creative commons license. Analog to the Wikipedia you can create a profile, edit the map, observe map sections, read the history, write blog posts and some stuff more. Things which are necessary for every open source project.

The power of the map is not that obvious. Maybe the map looks nice or maybe not that nice as Google’s map looks like. Just imagine that everybody is allowed to create his custom map from the OSM data: An historical map of the town you are currently visiting or a map where you can find every important information just. Of course there are already maps at the website of OSM. For example the cycle or traffic maps. But there are also smartphone apps like OsmAnd (open source) which enables you to check for the next café, ATM or just a toilet.

But there are also some amazing projects like the Isometric 3D maps project or the OSM tool Nominatim. Or the routing service “Open Route Service” of the University of Heidelberg.

You will easyly find much more interesting applications of the Data by searching the internet. Just put “osm” into your request.

And to finish this blogging day I send some sweet regards to… klick!

Bentheimer Schweine

Bentheimer Schweine. Regards to the Bentheimer pigs at the Bürgerpark at Bremen.


Update:  There is also a nice public transport map made by OSM data, unfortunately only in German.


Update: It’s Christmastime, soon. There is also a Christmas map (in German):

Update: Wow, this ia a beautiful map:

Update: The ultimate map with links, opening hours – as far as they are mapped – but the most important: Links to the linked pages. Cheers!


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