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I'm an engineer working for a growing transportation company (OK, Zipcar and I have data that shows locations where our customers can get cars. We actually get requests a lot from people who want to include our location data on various mapping applications.

We're a 'car sharing' company, formally. I saw the tags for amenity=car_sharing in the help area, but I'm not sure the best way to proceed.

Is there anything specific I can do to help OSM developers leverage my location data to incorporated into maps?

The simplest version of the data I have is simply latitude, longitude and location name.

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just by the way, switch to OSM for your map display on the homepage! :-)

(15 Jan '14, 10:47) aseerel4c26 ♦

Thank you for your offer and interest in OpenStreetMap! There are several options to make use of your data (import).

I think it would be best if you would have a look at the linked import page and then start a new forum thread (or mailing list thread, if you prefer) to discuss the specifics. This is better since this help site is not suited/intended for discussion and longer, highly specific topics. Please mention the link to the forum/ML post once you have did it (for others finding the topic here and wanting to read on). Answers (or clarification inside your text) to the following questions should be included.

  • You have location data of each of your car sharing stations which you would like to see incorporated into OSM, right? So everybody can use/see it. E.g. on the many OSM-based maps.
  • How was that location data generated (what is the source of these positions? e.g. looked on a map or sat picture to derive the position?)? We have strict licensing requirements (to keep our data free and hence not all sources are usable.
  • Under which license do you want to offer the data?
  • How accurate are the positions?
  • Do you want to just dump the data somewhere (to be used by helpers) or do you want to also invest work/time to correctly integrate (maybe correcting/adjusting positions of your positions or the positions of the surrounding OSM data, de-duplicating with pre-existing data, …) this data into our database, which is very important (there is no "OSM developer" regarding the geodata – we are crowd-sourced.
  • Since you originally mentioned "api" as a tag … one should think about how future updates to this dataset can be managed.

The answers to other, previous, questions about imports (e.g. how-can-i-import-pois-from-a-postgis-database) can be helpful too, of course.

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