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What not to map in OpenStreetMap

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We love to map. We love to provide correct, complete, comprehensive data for the OpenStreetMap® data base, and for the millions of consumers of that data, around the World.

And I'm walking around the neighbourhood, minding my own business1, when I pass the intersection of Waters and Stanley. Just a normal day, Wait. What?

I see these new street signs. Time to improve OpenStreetMap, right?

Wrong.

I'm not mapping this

"Waters and Stanley"? That's not this intersection. Those aren't Toronto, municipal street signs!

OpenStreetMap local outreach for new communities

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welcoming sign at the entrance to the subdivision

Telling people about OpenStreetMap is fun. Seeing the lights come on when somebody gets it is gratifying. And that sort of face-to-face advocacy has been the most effective way to add new mappers to the community. That has been the case since the early days in English pubs and it is still the case now.

LocationTech resources

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Resources for the 05 February 2013, Introduction to OpenStreetMap talk for LocationTech are found here. These resources are either, materials that were unsuited to the videoconference format, or are related to questions raised during the question and answer session.

City animation - OpenStreetMap data, over time, in Toronto.
animation of OSM data added in Toronto over time.

Golf course style for OpenStreetMap

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photo ccby chispita from flickr
In July 2009, Peter Miller wondered aloud on the OpenStreetMap-talk mailing list, if detailed rendering of golf courses was coming to OpenStreetMap? It's a fair question and one that has run through the mind of any OpenStreetMap enthusiast who has spent an afternoon at a good walk ruined.[1]

What's in a name?

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unclear sign over a dental office

A question came up on one of the OSM mailing lists1 about what to use as the name of a business. The name of a business is one of the key items that distinguishes that business from their competitors, along with location. Both of these things are important to mappers. We like to get location correct; that's kind of the point of OpenStreetMap. And once we have the location of an object, we generally want to name it.

So why are some businesses so hard to name? And what is a mapper to do about it? Let's have a look.

Add a Retail Plaza to OpenStreetMap

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Shops in Cambridge Ontario

There is a small group of shops in your neighbourhood and you wish to add them to OpenStreetMap. This is a tutorial that will lead you through the steps required to add a small group of shops to OSM. You'll be able to complete this contribution to OSM in about one hour.

Let's go mapping.

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