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I've been looking at OpenStreetMap in my area and there's some stuff missing. What do I need to do to get started?

asked 06 Jul '10, 17:40

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Andy Allan
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First of all the Wiki is an important resource (and available in many languages):

And of course you can ask here if you have any other questions.

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answered 10 Jul '10, 13:01

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All of the documentation I've found is very much about contributing new raw data, but there's not much of a beginners guide on using OSM /data/ that I've been able to find. Do I need to set up my own PostGIS and map server to be able to embed maps in my application? If so, what's the best way to set up a simple map server? If not, what are the resources for public map servers? What is the difference between the tile server formats (WMS? TMS? Probably other TLAs?) and which should I use and why?

I'd love to see some tutorials describing map servers, tiling, how projections work, etc.

(10 Jul '10, 13:57) RangerRick

The books available in German and English (soon) are resources that provide a lot of information in short time. I recommend reading it before reading many wiki pages.

(14 Jul '10, 16:11) emka

RangerRick obviously this question is very much about contributing new raw data. I think your question could be a good one to ask (ask it as new question rather than a 'comment' here) although it's rather a broad. There are already some questions on here which you may find helpful, about rendering for example. We also have a wiki page 'Using OpenStreetMap'.

(21 Sep '10, 16:57) Harry Wood

You should talk to Andy Allan ;) He can be a hard guy to get a hold of though; alternatively, consume the Beginner's Guide which is available in a lot of languages and will guide you in your first steps in OpenStreetMap. Any questions that you might still have we will gladly answer here!

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answered 10 Jul '10, 09:44

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