OpenStreetMap: Introduction

Hi, I’m back here with OpenStreeMap!

My previous post was about to give a brief idea of OpenStreetMap, And this is about how to use the tools. Here we go!

Basically there are 3 ways to edit a OpenStreetMap,

  1. ID (In Browser Editor)
  2. Potlatch(In Browser Editor)
  3. JOSM (Remote Control)


ID is a in browser editor, (you can make your edits while open up their site in a web browser) It’s very simple and straightforward. All you wanna do is just open their site by clicking here. It’ll ask you sign in, if you don’t have an account, please check here to how to get registered. Once you logged in, zoom the area you wanna update. (Of course navigation controls are same as ‘Google Maps’) Now click the triangle mark next to ‘Edit’ tab at the left top corner.

Edit 1

Done? Okay, probably you’ll get the list of 3 editors. Now choose it as ID. That’s all guys now your tutorial there for ID editor. Just go through it, as I said already it’s just simple and straightforward!

For the convenience, let’s have a brief look! There are just 3 tools available here.

  1. Point: Usually to point out specific places.
  2. Line: Mostly to draw roads
  3. Area: To draw buildings and other land/water areas.

Try to use these three tools at least once, then you’ll know how to handle the things easily. Maybe you’d your home and roads near by, it’s up to you guys; but don’t forget to select the point/ line/ area by just clicking it to get the options.

Edit 1

In here I select the circular shape to get the options

Once you discover the available options, it’s the time to move on. Let’s have a look at Presets! Presets means giving a value to an object by tagging with some keywords. Don’t get panic, let’s say you have draw a shape of a school and wanna point it out as a school over other buildings. For this case you can,

  1. Select the building
  2. At the right find ‘All tags’
  3. Click + mark to add presets
  4. Give these values: First column – amenity & Second column – school

Edit 2

That’s all value for the school has updated. But what about other facilities? Don’t be hurry, I have a separate post for ‘Presets’


Same rules as ID applies here. But tagging presets are way easy here than ID. But when it comes to ‘in browser editors’ I prefer ID over Potlatch.

I post this in a rush hour, hope will find some free time soon. Any how will post for ‘JOSM‘ soon. It’s way advanced than ‘in browser editors’ And very convenient for usage.

See ya around!

– Dave

Disclaimer: I gotta thank Viven & Jeff to introduce me OpenStreetMap and for the lessons & practical sessions!