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Explore new territory with a GPS for OpenStreetMap

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A handhed GPSr device
Adding information about your neighbourhood to OpenStreetMap can be relatively simple when there is local data to use as landmarks. Sometimes you want to explore terra incognita and add data for which there is no local reference for dead reckoning. This tutorial takes a first look at using a GPS receiver to collect a track file for use as a reference when adding information to OpenStreetMap.

Add fonts to your OpenStreetMap server

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Road sign with a custom font

OpenStreetMap offers many choices and great power. We know that with great power, there must also come great responsibility.[1] And so it is with fonts. Your choice is likely to be a font from your corporate brand guide or a font mandated by regulation. It would be irresponsible to use a decorative font like Olde English on our maps so for this demo we'll add a suitable font to the system and show how to bring it in to play on the map.

Badges? Badges?

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Come on. The new highway shields are nice, but the map in North America just isn't "there" yet. Our continental cousins may be satisfied with generic oval highway markers, but that just doesn't measure up in the New World.

The new markers, shown above, turned up on mapnik recently. They seem more refined than the rectangular signs used previously and they are very pretty. But they just aren't right for North America.

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