All streets in Birmingham are now mapped. However, that does not mean that
there is no work left. It is rather the opposite! There are still plenty of opportunities
to get involved and improve the representation of your neighbourhood on the map.
What Can I Do?
- This is the
easiest way to contribute to the map. Just browse the online map and use your local
knowledge to find errors or things that are missing on the map. Other mappers can then
add or correct the data.
Add Points of Interest You often do not even need a GPS device
to do this. Go on a walk around your neighbourhood with a printout of the
Birmingham map and mark all interesting things like shops, schools, pubs, telephone boxes or bus
stops on the printout. Back home you can add them to the map with the
online map editor Potlatch.
Add footpaths You have a GPS device? Then, why not map
footpaths? Birmingham has lots of them which are not yet on the map. Take
your dog for a walk, put your GPS device in your pocket and record the
track whilst you are walking. Once you are back at your computer you can upload
the track to the OpenStreetMap website and use it to draw the footpaths in the right
place. All the details of how to map with a GPS device are explained on the OpenStreetMap
Map the Black Country The Birmingham map might be finished but the
Black Country still has large blank areas! It works like mapping footpaths only
that you can map every road you go along. That is your chance
to become a real explorer!
Mapping Projects On the projects page we
have created a list of mini-projects that can be tackled in and around Birmingham.
Have a look there to see if there is something that interests you!
No clue how to start mapping? – No worries, there are some mappers around in Birmingham
who are happy to help you getting started! The contact page tells you
how to find them.