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OpenStreetMap [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Bennett

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This book introduces the OSM project, its aims and objectives, and its history, then guides you through the process of gathering, editing, and using OpenStreetMap data using a series of real-world examples. This book is the perfect aid for geographic-information professionals interested in using OpenStreetMap in their work and web designers and developers who want to include mapping in their sites, and want a distinctive style. It is for you if you have a need to use maps and geographic data for work or leisure, and want accurate, up-to-date maps showing the information you're interested in, without details you don't need. If you want to use maps for navigation and want more or less detail than traditional printed maps give this book is perfect for you.

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Jonathan Bennett

Jonathan Bennett is a British journalist, writer, and developer. He has been involved in the OpenStreetMap project since 2006, and is a member of the OpenStreetMap Foundation. He has written for print and online technical publications including PC Magazine, ZDNet, CNET, and has appeared on television and radio as a technology commentator. He has an extensive collection of out-of-date printed maps.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2405 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 252 Seiten
  • Verlag: Packt Publishing (22. September 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0057WR2NE
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great resource for learning OpenStreetMap 15. November 2010
Von Caitlin Dempsey Morais - Veröffentlicht auf
If you've been interested in contributing to OpenStreetMap but aren't sure how or where to start, Jonathan Bennett has written a reference book about the collaborative geographic data creating service. Jonathan Bennett has been extensively involved with OpenStreetMap since 2006 and is a member of the OpenStreetMap Foundation. The book also receives the benefit of having been reviewed by Steve Coast, the founder of OpenStreetMap and Richard Fairhurst, an early adopter.

OpenStreetMap: Be Your Own Cartographer presents a comprehensive and straightforward look at the crowdsourcing project. All aspects of being involved with OpenStreetMap as a contributor (or as a mapper as volunteers are known) are addressed int this book. Bennett starts at the beginning with an introductory chapter that covers what OpenStreetMap is, why you should use it, and why you should contribute to the effort. Further chapters explore gathering data via GPS, and covering all aspects of working with OpenStreetMap including collecting data, editing data, and creating customized maps.

OpenStreetMap - Be Your Own Cartographer by Jonathan Bennett
Since OpenStreetMap data is freely available, an important section of the book addresses how to extract geographic data along with a chapter specifically on Osmosis, a Java application known as the "Swiss Army Knife" of OpenStreetMap.

Bennett wraps up OpenStreetMap: Be Your Own Cartographer with a forward-looking chapter on the future of OpenStreetMap which includes a change in the licensing agreement, MapCSS, and specialized editing applications.

The 360º coverage about the OpenStreetMap project makes this book an excellent reference volume for anyone wanting to become involved with this wiki-style geographic data collection project.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Easy to read tech manual 5. Januar 2011
Von Paul Bartsch - Veröffentlicht auf
I recently worked my way through OpenStreetMap: Be your own Cartographer by Jonathan Bennett. I've been playing with OpenStreetMap, or OSM as most call it, for over a year. OSM is basically a crowd sourced map of the world in case you've been living under a rock. I've edited street names, digitized some areas that were missing from the map, added a few GPS tracks, but never really tried anything advanced like mass uploading or custom renderings. I was hoping to delve deeper into the possibilities of OSM by working through this book.

At first, I must admit, I was feeling like the book was a bit too simple even for me. Mr. Bennett chose to start at the very beginning with OpenStreetMap and through my trial and error method of learning I had already picked up much of this knowledge. These first chapters are meant for someone who hasn't used OSM before, and beginners will certainly appreciate the simplicity.

Right around the fourth chapter is when OpenStreetMap began to get interesting to me. OSM uses Tagging to identify features and the map renderings are based on these tags. If you tag items incorrectly they may not show up on the public map. This book did a really nice overview of the organized chaos(the ability of any citizen cartographer to tag items in any way they like) without getting into the level of detail already available on the OSM wiki pages. I feel more confident having read this chapter and now have a better understanding of where to look if I run into trouble.

Other highlights include the chapters on editing applications, inspecting data for problems and especially the custom renderings chapter. Within chapter 8 Mr. Bennett walked me through the process of creating rendering rules for OSM with very clear and concise instruction. Within 30 minutes, I had created a basic custom rendering and now have the tools to create my own maps based on OSM raw data.

Overall this book does a nice job of serving as an instruction manual for OSM. Since OSM is still relatively young, the first couple of chapters get you started with the basics which I would have appreciated more if I hadn't used OSM before. The reader is soon collecting and editing their own data. More advanced users will benefit from explanations of OSM's extended API, custom rendering, raw data collection and the introduction of several OSM editors; especially the chapter on Osmosis (the "Swiss Army Knife of OpenStreetMap"). Unlike most tech manuals this can be read without a computer in front of you due to descriptive language and well placed screen captures. It's written in a way that surveys the concepts more than it presents code. It does, however, give links and instruction for downloading and installing software when necessary.

I highly recommend picking up a copy for yourself if you would like to become a part of the OSM community, or if you're already an OSM editor hoping to refine your skills.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Guided tour of OpenStreetMap and all it has to offer 8. Mai 2011
Von Leo Hsu - Veröffentlicht auf
The book is a fairly light-read and targeted at those individuals with little to no knowledge about mapping, GIS, or data collecting, but who want to contribute to making
a freely available map of the world. It is also targeted at hobbyist surveyors or wannabee hobbyist and community surveyors. Finally it's also targeted at programmers who want to customize
OpenStreetMap for their use-cases.

How is the book Organized?

Chapter 1 and Chapter 2: Are intros to OpenStreetMap, what is it, how to register to start editing. Places where the community hangs out e.g. Chatting on IRC, Mailing Lists, Forums. Where to find planet osm bulk files (which are huge), If you are familiar with OpenStreetMap, you can get away with just skimming these chapters, but there are tidbits here and there that I was unaware of.

Chapter 3 - Chapter 7 Are chapters meant for people who want to contribute data via thier own GPS journeys or who want to edit / QA features on the map.

Chapter 3 - Gathering data using GPS introduces you to what GPS is, NAVSTAR, and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), GPS traces. Equipment you need to get started doing GPS traces. It doesn't make any specific suggestions about brands of GPS to use, but does cover classes found such as smart phone built-in, car mounted, USB, etc. and configuring them so they can be easily imported into OpenStreetMap. It also covers Photo Mapping and Audio mapping.
Chapter 4: How OpenSteetMap Records Geographical Features - This one while geared towards map editors, is a good one to read if you want to load the data into your own database and query it. It covers the various OSM primitives such as Nodes, Ways, Relations, Changesets, and tags and how they work together. It covers dos and don't about data tagging.
Chapter 5: OpenStreetMap's Editing Aplications - There are several tools available for editing OSM data. This chapter covers the most supported ones and a brief summary of the pros/cons of each.
Chapter 6: Mapping and Editing Techniques - This covers how to use the editing tools to draw nodes, lines, add tags and so forth. The techniques covered are applicable to all the various editing tools.
Chapter 7: Checking OpenStreetMap Data for Problems - covers how to use the various OpenStreetMap QA tools and how to find unsurveyed areas

Chapter 8-10 Are chapters geared for the programmer looking to customize OpenStreetMap look/feel and offerings for their own needs. This is the part I was most interested in and am still going thru. It's the most advanced of the book and to take real advantage of it, it helps to follow the instructions step by step rather than just reading it.

Chapter 8: Producing Customized Maps Covers simple exports using the API, Kosmos, and Osmarender tools. How to create your own customized tiles with Kosmos (which is sadly no longer being developed according to the book), SVG Maps with Osmarender. One thing I found sorely missing in this chapter was at least some coverage of using Mapnik to generate tiles or Osmarender/Tiles@Home to render tiles which are described in Creating your own tiles.
Chapter 9: Getting Raw OpenStreetMap data This was my favorite chapter, probably because I love raw data. It's like getting raw marble and being able to carve it to your own liking. This chapter covered the various ways you can get raw OpenStreetMap data -- Planet files, the main OpenStreetMap API, and Extended API. It also talk about cloudmades downloadable extracts available in various formats including the very popular ESRI Shapefile format and also partitioned into various geographic sets for easier download.
Chapter 10: Manipulating OpenStreetMap data using Osmosis covers how to use the commandline osmosis tool for cutting regiions and features of interest out of a planet osm file and also using its splitting and merging features.

Chapter 11: OpenStreetMap's Future Briefly covers what is coming in OpenStreetMap such as the new data license, and MapCSS initiatives.

Overall I thought this was a good intro book to OpenStreetMap that gave you a good ground to build on. It gave you enough informaton about terminology used, basic workflow and links to get more advanced information about the tools commonly used and how to use them.
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