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OpenStreetMap is a free, open-source, editable map of the whole world. It is built largely from scratch by volunteers who trace features, such as roads and buildings, over the top of satellite imagery. The current and updated map that gets created can then be used by anyone for any purpose and has been used for community planning, as well as to aid in humanitarian efforts across the globe. This type of citizen science is called “volunteered geographic information,” and it’s where you add data to a map using your computer or smartphone.
What’s really great about OpenStreetMap is you can map your own community or some other place anywhere on Earth that you choose! In an exclusive interview, Nama Budhathoki explains the power of OpenStreetMap. You’re the best person to map your community because you can verify that it’s correct information, so that if you see that a road or building is labelled wrongly on the map you can simply change it yourself. OpenStreetMap also hosts humanitarian projects that you can take part in if you want to donate your time to helping people that have been struck by a natural disaster. For example, when earthquakes struck Haiti in 2010 and Nepal in 2015, the Red Cross and other aid organizations, used OpenStreetMap maps created by people just like you to help deliver aid to those in need.
You don’t have to be a professional geographer to contribute, anybody can learn to use OpenStreetMap. There are many ways to upload data to the maps, not just tracing over satellite imagery. If you’re a cyclist or hiker, you can use a GPS to upload your path to the map. The more people contribute data to the maps, the more accurate and useful they become. It creates a large community too, where participants can get together for what are called ‘mapathons’ to map for a cause. Mapathons have even been held at the White House! All you need is a smartphone or computer and the desire to be part of something big by mapping your community and other communities that need your help.