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OpenStreetMap by Jonathan Bennett

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Summary

Surveying for OpenStreetMap isn't as difficult as you might first think, and it certainly doesn't need expensive, complex equipment. We've seen that you can do surveys with one or more of:

  • An inexpensive consumer-grade GPS receiver, or even no GPS at all
  • A notebook and a pencil
  • A digital camera
  • A voice recorder

We've also learned some basic surveying techniques, including:

  • Covering an area methodically
  • Recording as much detail as possible, even if it's not immediately obvious how it will be used
  • Using a combination of recording devices to speed up and improve the accuracy of mapping
  • Surveying an area multiple times to capture changes to features, or to increase the overall accuracy of the data.

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