Category Archives: Tutorial

OpenStreetMap Inspector helps you improve OSM data

The OpenStreetMap contributors at GEOFABRIK have been doing good things for OpenStreetMap for years. One service, called OSM Inspector, highlights potential errors in the OSM database so that OSM contributors can inspect and correct them. The potential errors are presented … Continue reading

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Mapnik cookie style sheet and tutorial

In the spirit of previous OpenStreetMap tutorials, here are the instructions to make your own awesome OSM tiled map “cake”. Select your area of interest, scale and tile dimensions Bake sugar cookie tile bases. Choose your projection carefully. We used … Continue reading

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OpenStreetMap 7th Birthday

Mapnik has a new feature coming in v3 and it will revolutionize how you consume OpenStreetMap data. For the seventh anniversary of OpenStreetMap, Toronto OpenStreetMap users Meggo and rw__ made a map cake. Breaking from previous cakes, this one was … Continue reading

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Better maps for Geocachers

Hello Geocachers Don’t you wish you had a better map for your Garmin, so that you could find some caches after following the best available trails? Why go bushwhacking when you can approach from the other side by a manicured … Continue reading

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OpenStreetMap for GeoCachers

A correspondent on Reddit asked if a trail map could be combined with a geocaching map. The answer is Yes, kinda. This post fills in some of the blanks. Can the beautiful trail map shown in the reddit thread be … Continue reading

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OpenStreetMap Tutorial JOSM POI

There are several editors for contributing OpenStreetMap data. Some describe JOSM as powerful. Others describe it as opaque or User Unfriendly. The truth is that it is just selective about its friends. Let’s make friends with JOSM. JOSM Background JOSM … Continue reading

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Improve your Locate Us web page

I don’t want ads on my business map I don’t blame you. Why would you advertise your competitors on your company web site? You wouldn’t, if you had a choice. And you have a choice. This tutorial shows you how … Continue reading

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Add a Trail to OpenStreetMap

Let’s add a trail to OpenStreetMap. Multi-use trails add character to a neighbourhood and to a map. Here is a way to add your local trail to OpenStreetMap. This is a suitable first mapping project when you get a GPS … Continue reading

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