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OSM Party Brussels

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The aim of this day was to collect GPS tracks of Brussels and to add them to the database of openstreetmap.org., an interface that produces detailed maps that can be freely published, used to create portable navigation systems, carted away or printed and copied without any restrictions. The participants covered therefore the streets of the Pentagon in order to record these GPS tracks and helped to download them on the OSM server.

- Constant


What is OSM?

OpenStreetMap (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org) is a Free map of the world,
made by people like you and me. "OpenStreetMap is a project aimed squarely
at creating and providing free geographical data such as street maps to
anyone who wants them."

Why OSM?

"The project was started because most maps you think of as free actually
have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people
from using them in creative, productive or unexpected ways."

How does it work?

Contributors to the OpenStreetMap project take their GPS device on their
journeys or go off on organised GPS tracing events. They register names of
streets and villages and all other characteristics using a pen and paper,
a photo device or dictaphone.
Back behind their computers, they upload their GPS trace they made during
their voyage and trust their routes to the collaborative database of
OpenStreetMap. Using their notes, the contributors add streetnames and
info about the type of route or path and connections.
The data is then treated to produce detailed maps, which can be published
on sites such as Wikipedia, which can be used to create portable,
embedded, printed navigation systems which can be copied without limits.

More info?

Read the FAQ on the wiki: