Using and Enhancing the Free Map of the World

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Using and Enhancing the Free Map of the World

by Frederik Ramm,
Jochen Topf,
Steve Chilton

UIT Cambridge,
1st edition, 2010
ISBN 978-1-90686-011-0
386 pp

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What others say about this book:

about the English edition:
Gary Gale: A worthy and valuable addition to your bookshelf.
Muki Haklay: We liked the Ramm et al. book ... and would recommend it to our students.
Oliver O'Brien: If you are at all interested in the OpenStreetMap project ... then I recommend this book. It's as near-perfect as any book can be ...

about 3rd German edition:
Schockwellenreiter: Es ist das einzige Buch in meiner doch recht umfangreichen Bibliothek, von dem ich alle bisher erschienenen Ausgaben besitze. Es lohnt sich.

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Table of Contents
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Content of the Book

Table of Contents for the 1st English Edition, 2010.

Part I: Introduction

Part I introduces you to OpenStreetMap and its community.

Part II: OpenStreetMap for Contributors

Part II explains how you use your GPS device to survey the planet and upload the data to OpenStreetMap through the popular editors. It also has a detailed description of how OSM data is structured, and gives examples for mapping.


Chapter 5:
"Mapping Practice"
as PDF

Part III: Making and Using Maps

In Part III we talk about making maps from OpenStreetMap data. We introduce you to the renderers Osmarender, Mapnik, and Kosmos, and you learn how to use a little HTML and JavaScript to add interactive maps to a web page. There's also a chapter on mobile use of OSM, and turn-by-turn navigation.

Part IV: Hacking OpenStreetMap

This part of the book is aimed at hackers and developers. We discuss the depths of the OSM database server and its API, we explain imports and exports and discuss important tools used for processing OSM data.


This is the table of contents for the first English edition. If you switch the Language to German you can see the table of contents for the 3rd, German edition.

The appendix "Mapping the World" is available under the CC-BY-SA 2.0 license.
Mapping the World as PDF.
An OpenOffice document with this text is available from the OSM SVN.