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  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: UIT Cambridge (1 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906860114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906860110
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 757,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The book is very well written and nicely typeset. ... It is obvious that the authors have a lot of knowledge and experience ..." "This book has proven to be a very good OSM introduction. Getting up to speed with OpenStreetMap is much easier if you have read this book." "This book is a must-have for OSM newcomers. The basics are presented well and are easy to understand, and you do not need to be an IT specialist to contribute your first data to OSM after a short time."

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Frederik Ramm and Jochen Topf both joined the OpenStreetMap project in 2006 when they were freelance developers. Since then they have made their hobby their profession -- by founding Geofabrik, a company that provides services relating to OpenStreetMap and open geodata.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dan Karran on 21 Mar 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is a great introduction to, and overview of, the OpenStreetMap project, with plenty of detail and pointers to further information, all of which is sure to get the reader hooked in the realm of open geodata.

As an open source community-oriented project, there is a lot of information already available on its wiki website, but it can be disjointed at times, and difficult to get a good overview of the project. This book provides a good alternative, condensing all the information you need to start updating the map, using the map data on GPS devices, and also gives plenty of examples to developers keen on using the wealth of map data in their own projects.

The chapters of the book are broken up into small enough chunks that readers can easily dip in and out, while also providing plenty of information to refer back to during mapping.

The first half of the book is geared towards those readers who want to get started mapping their surroundings and contributing geographic information to the OpenStreetMap project. The second half goes into more detail about the technical aspects of OpenStreetMap, introducing the data API and other ways of accessing and modifying the data for use in third party projects.

Throughout the book, readers are given links to the OpenStreetMap wiki for further information about topics, should they be interested in finding out more.

This book would be of interest to a range of different audiences, from walkers and geocaching enthusiasts keen to explore and document their surroundings, to GIS users wanting to know more about emerging sources of geodata, and web developers who are looking for maps or a new source of information to use in their projects... or anyone else who has an interest in geography and how emerging technologies are helping develop the subject.
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By W. A. Jackson on 8 Dec 2014
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Good book - helpful.
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