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OpenStreetMap

Kevin Curran, John Crumlish and Gavin Fisher
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Kevin Curran: University of Ulster, UK
John Crumlish: University of Ulster, UK
Gavin Fisher: University of Ulster, UK

International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies (IJICST), 2012, vol. 2, issue 1, 69-78

Abstract: OpenStreetMap is a collaborative web-mapping project that collects geospatial data to create and distribute online maps, freely available to anyone with an Internet connection. Once accessed, OpenStreetMap allows Internet users to contribute and edit geospatial data, effectively making it the mapping equivalent of Wikipedia. OpenStreetMap is maintained by volunteer cartographers from around the world who use GPS devices, portable cameras, and laptops for field mapping. Collected data are complemented with digitised open source aerial photography and free maps from the governmental and commercial sources. This report provides a summary of OpenStreetMap as a remarkable example of participatory geographic information systems (GIS).

Date: 2012
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