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OpenStreetMap by Jonathan Bennett

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Chapter 5. OpenStreetMap's Editing Applications

After you've gathered GPS traces, taken photos, written or spoken notes, and otherwise recorded surveyed information, it's time to turn it into data in the OpenStreetMap database. The normal way of doing this is using one of the editing applications available, each of which has its own strengths:

  • Potlatch—the web-based editor
  • JOSM—a Java-based desktop editor
  • Merkaartor—a desktop editing application

Although most mappers find which editor suits them best and tend to stick to it, they're not all suitable for use under all circumstances, so it's best to be familiar with more than one. Here's a quick run-down of the differences between the editors:

 

Potlatch

JOSM

Merkaartor

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