OpenStreetMap is a free editable map of the whole world. It is made by people like you. OpenStreetMap allows you to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth.”
OpenStreetMap.org offers FREE maps and data to use in almost any way without obstructive legal or technical resrictions on their use.
OpenStreetMap stands out from other mapping systems (e.g. GoogleMaps, MultiMap) in that it is has been created by volunteers on the ground who are passionate about providing geographical information for people to use and share. All the initial map data has been built from scratch since 2004 by volunteers performing systematic ground surveys. These volunteer ‘Open Mappers’ might be walkers, cyclists or drivers who have entered relevant data into the OpenStreetMap database from their computers.
Volunteers continue to edit, update and improve the basic maps. One such person is Chris Hill who is on a mission to map the East Riding. He has visited Hedon and ensured that its roads, with their names and any obvious amenities and landmarks such as churches, schools, pubs, parks and some shops have been added.
Chris still has work to complete and would be keen to see others get involved. He says:
The biggest element missing is footpaths and, of course, any inaccuracies that have slipped in, as well as keeping the map up-to-date with changes. If anyone wants to join the project they are more than welcome, either to improve their local area or the wider area.
If anyone wants to contact me (via email@example.com) I’d be pleased to point them in the right direction, but they should know that it can be a very addictive hobby!
You can follow Chris’ adventures at his blog Open Maps.
Other related information that complements OpenStreetMap: