Name: [581] steve
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video tutorial by steve, added 02/08

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A introduction to using and getting started with OpenStreetMap.

Topics covered include using the map interface, forum, wiki, IRC, mapping parties, TRAC (bug tracking), adding your own traces, viewing recent trace uploads and the shop.

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249. Naureen Thu, 14 Oct 2010 14:29


It would be nice if the outlines were a bit darker for the countries, but maybe it is easier when people add more layers...

I hope to use this site more- thanks for the free shares! great work!

248. Jouni Huotari Sun, 10 Oct 2010 01:29

Thanks for your quick and deep enough introduction!

247. james f. mulvey Sat, 02 Oct 2010 21:03


Thanks for the video, new user from SE PA, USA. I own several GPS units and run roads and trails in this area which I hope to upload as soon as I figure everything out.

Best Regards,


246. Lucrari de licenta Wed, 29 Sep 2010 17:31

Very usefull. Thanks

245. Barbara Slavin Sun, 26 Sep 2010 17:55

Good introduction. Can't wait to buy a GPS device! (I don't even have a smart phone).


Barbara Slavin

Framingham, MA

244. spaceace97 Sat, 11 Sep 2010 05:34

Very useful

243. Johan Joubert Tue, 07 Sep 2010 08:09

Very nice overview - I truly hope we will be able to get involved in OSM in a big way in the future, especially with our mobility modelling research.

242. Willam Dere Mon, 06 Sep 2010 20:39

This is a great intro to OpenStreetMaps. I hope to be able to create map tiles of of cities to use in an application and look forward to learning as much as I can about OSM. Thanks for all the great work you and all the volunteers have contributed!

241. Giannino Alvarez Fri, 03 Sep 2010 19:32

Great! just what I was looking for. Thank you!

240. Samuel Longiaru Wed, 01 Sep 2010 06:21

Great project! Used OpenStreet maps for a recent grand motorcycle tour of Europe and western Asia. Just learning more about it now and will surely contribute. The videos are getting me oriented to how to proceed.


239. Dawn Tee Wed, 01 Sep 2010 04:53

I found this video very useful. I have only just discovered Openstreetmap, and Opencyclemap. I am a retired IT professional, who likes to walk and geocache. I also spend a lot of time in Andalucia, where I have always had problems getting decent digital data for GPSs. So I'm seriously thinking of signing up!

238. Scarecrow Tue, 31 Aug 2010 14:58

An interesting quick intro but I need to do a lot more reading to get started.

237. holfast Wed, 11 Aug 2010 10:15

Steve gives a quite good overview about OSM.

236. Anna Bauer Fri, 06 Aug 2010 01:13

Nice swift presentation of the Open Street Map project and about the community.

Perhaps I expected some more detailed demonstration on how to add other info than GPS-info to the map. But I'll find that info in the wiki I guess. I have noted that it is easy to drag Points Of Interest to the chart but I guess I wanted to be able to add more/other info to the map as well.

Nice video for start using the map web page service you create. I am still learning...

Great intro I liked the informal nature

Hi, seeing and hearing your beginners video, its not easy to understand because of your fast pronunciation for other language users :-) But most are understood.

Best regasrds


232. Cathal Coffey Thu, 29 Jul 2010 03:07

A friend told me that openstreetmap was perfect for a project that I am working on but I had no idea what it was. This video was an excellent introduction, thank you Steve.

Keep on doing the great work!

230. rgreinho Wed, 21 Jul 2010 05:07

Nice introduction to OSM.

Thanks; interesting

good overview, as everyone has different purposes and understanding, focus will be different as well. As I have a fabel for geography and used a lot of paper maps until now, this is a gain. Thanks a lot Steve, Regards, Sebastian from Moscow on a hot summer Sunday

Quick and informative video, thanks.

226. Ulrich Hoffmann Wed, 16 Jun 2010 00:50

Nicely done. Made me want to explore OSM more.

225. Chris H. Tue, 08 Jun 2010 12:36

Great intorduction. I want to start adding maps!

224. andreas Tue, 08 Jun 2010 07:42

that was some long info, great stuff :) thx

clear and thourough (hope not to ruin english, i'm no english native speaker)

New to this thing. foud openstreetmap through . I liked it right away.

222. Lon Rankin Sat, 29 May 2010 14:40

I'm more interested in using this system than all the features it has. Personally, I would carve off the discussion about the blogs, etc. into a separate video, and use the intro for actually producing something simple.


221. Susan Tincher Wed, 26 May 2010 10:30

Thanks for the great intro! Love OpenStreetMap!

220. nicholas Sat, 01 May 2010 17:45

I really need a 'simple stupid overview' of what this is FOR... so you wear a gps thing on your head - and then over time a map is built up of the world?? is that it? how are rivers and forests defined? or does the map data come from somewhere else. A stupiider overview would be appreciated (3 min long...) - well done on the video thought, cheers...!

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