Staying helpful while at home. How to contribute to creating the most detailed maps
News | 31.03.2020
There are plenty of opportunities to diversify leisure and be helpful to others while at home. For example, you can mark your favorite places on OpenStreetMap. So, millions of users of MAPS.ME could use helpful information and you will make your free time more interesting. We'll tell you how to edit the maps.
Where do we get the data?
MAPS.ME means not only offline navigation, bookmarks, or a catalogue of guides. This is a large community of travelers whose members help to make your favorite maps better every day.

Our application is based on OpenStreetMap, an open cartographical resource. This is like a Wikipedia for maps. All users can make data publicly available after registering on the service. For example, one can correct an inaccuracy, add a new location, or delete information that is no longer relevant. OpenStreetMap moderators will check everything if the changes are useful, the edits will be moderated and appear on the maps. For new information, the OSM community even has its own concept – "to map", that is, add a new place to the map.
Why is that great?
You probably wondered more than once why your favorite and, you would think, secret place is marked on the map. Or how did these thousands of parking lots, campsites, gas stations, secret paths and hidden viewing platforms appeared on MAPS.ME. All this is the merit of OpenStreetMap users who "map" every day, make hundreds of edits to the maps, share information with the international OSM community and with us.
We are pleased to provide this data to MAPS.ME users even off-line. This makes the maps in our application detailed and constantly updated. Marks are one of our favorite features at MAPS.ME. Thanks to the marks, one can conveniently share locations with soul-mates, mark points and plan trips together, or get interesting places from a friend's latest trip.
Edits appear in OSM within an hour, and we download them with each new release, about once a month. It turns out that the OpenStreetMap, MAPS.ME teams and thousands of travelers around the world work together to travelling even more convenient, and to ensure that the lack of Internet did not interfere with getting new experiences.
How to edit a map?
You can edit data in two ways: on OpenStreetMap website or in our app. To use OSM editor you need to register first. To learn more about how to use the editor, read the guideline on openstreetmap.org

To make simple edits or quickly add new places you can use our in-app editor which works offline. But if you want to share information with all members of the community, you should go to your OSM account in the application settings of the OpenStreetMap profile. On iOS devices, you can use your Google or Facebook accounts to sign in. Then edits will be available to all map users.

The owners of cafes, restaurants or other public spaces can also add their organizations to the map. One can display on the place card the opening hours, website, category and contacts, so that it is more convenient to quickly get basic information about the institution.
If you see inaccurate or irrelevant information, places can be edited. To do this, leave a message to the OSM community members – this can also be done in the application. Also, you can add notes on the OpenStreetMap website and describe in detail what changes you recommend to make. If the edits are relevant you will do a good job for the OSM community.

It is interesting to "map" because you immediately see the result of work in the application and on the OpenStreetMap website and you understand that you have made yourself useful to a large community of travelers from all over the world.
Editing from the phone
The most convenient thing in mapping through our app is that you can make simple edits or add new places right on your phone. It doesn't take much time and the process itself is fun. But if you want to make detailed corrections it's better to do it on OpenStreetMap website. You can even add roads, buildings and more. But now let us dwell on how to make changes with our in-app editor.

New places
Travelers love OpenStreetMap maps for the granularity and number of points that are not marked on any other map.

How to add a new place to the map:
  • Press and hold the place you want to mark.
  • Pull up the opened tab and click on the "Add a place to the map" button.
  • Use the plus sign to select the exact location.
  • Select a category. You can use the search or scroll through the list.
  • Depending on the selected category, settings will be available. For example, if it is a restaurant, you can choose the opening hours, website, etc.
  • Save the place
What you need to know:
To send the point automatically go to OSM moderators log in to the OpenStreetMap profile in the app settings.
If edits have already been submitted to OSM, you can only delete them directly on the OpenStreetMap website.
Editing the existing places
To keep the information on the maps up to date, users around the world are constantly making edits to the maps. So the community is able to make OSM data not only detailed, but also fresh. Let us dwell on how to make changes.

How to edit a place or information about it:
  • Click on the building or object you want to edit.
  • In the pop-up menu you can edit not only the place on the map, but also other data depending on the category. For example, phone number, mail, website, etc.
  • Save the edits. In iOS - by clicking on the "Save" button in the upper right corner. In Android - a tick in the upper right corner.

What you need to know:
So the edits could appear on the map, you have to be logged in the OpenStreetMap profile in the app before you make any changes.
If you want to edit the information, but there is no suitable window for editing, you can make editing on the OpenStreetMap website.
The "Edit Location" button automatically disappears if the downloaded maps are older than two months. Update the app and downloaded maps so that the button appears.
We have MAPS.ME Knowledge Base on our website, where there is a lot of useful information for users. We are sure that you will find the answers to many questions about the application there.
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