Saturday, December 18, 2010

OpenStreetMap.org maps on aprs.fi

Today I added OpenStreetMap maps on aprs.fi. They can be selected using the map type drop-down menu in the top right corner of the map.

OSM support has been on my things-to-do list for a couple years, but since then, it had become much easier to do, and the map coverage of OSM had increased greatly.

The OSM maps have data in many places where there's no Google Maps coverage at all (for example, take a look at Tbilisi, Georgia). Around my home there's more accurate coverage of walking paths in addition to roads.

If you'd like to improve the OSM maps in your area, just go to openstreetmap.org and click on Edit. Please see the wiki for more information on how to get started. If you feel the Google Maps aren't so good in your area, editing OSM maps can become a nice long-lasting hobby project!

3 comments:

Julian said...

Nice work, Hessu. The OSM mapping is the best where I am located now as well. So this is a very good option to have.

Bartek Jakubski said...

I'm using APRS and contributing to OSM for some time, so this is absolutely great! I'm using OSM on aprs.fi constantly now. I use aprs.fi?mt=osm url, but would it be possible to have this setting (default map type) available in account preferences?

Again, thanks for OSM support!

oh7lzb said...

Bartek: Yes, the map type is saved with when you save the initial default view.