Dear MapQuest readers, today, we have a very special treat for you - a guest blog post by Richard Weait, a long-time OpenStreetMap and Open Source advocate. Enjoy the post and thanks for reading!
amenity = fast_food
name = (type name here)This saves you re-typing and mis-typing common keys and values and the presets are clever enough to prompt you for common details to add to the point of interest. Let's follow the prompt and add the name of this pizza place. Click in the “value” field, to the right of the “name” key. Type the name of your pizza place. International characters from the UTF-8 character set are supported, so it is "Tito's" with an apostrophe. You can also add in the street name and street address with other information by clicking the "+" symbol to get more name/value pairs. With our restaurant information complete, all that is left at this point is to submit it to OSM. Click the “Save” button in the lower right corner and your contribution will be sent to the OSM servers. You'll be asked for a comment about your changes; you should use these “changeset comments” to summarize your editing session for other mappers. When your upload is complete Potlatch will play a confirmation sound and display a message on screen. Congratulations, you've completed your first edit! Thanks and welcome to the OSM Community! References You might find these links useful: • This mini-tutorial is adapted from one of a series of tutorials for OSM beginners. Find more tutorials here. • Would you like to know about a great book about OpenStreetMap? • OpenStreetMap web site • OpenStreetMap reference material including commonly used tags • OpenStreetMap licenses • How do I credit OSM when I use the data / images? • OpenStreetMap help forum • Sign up for an OSM newcomer mailing list Credits Map images and data © 2010 CCBYSA OpenStreetMap and contributors. Photo and article © 2010 CCBYSA R. Weait. Thank you, Tito's, for a delicious lunch. Thank you Patch.com, OpenCycleMap.org, WheelMap.org and OpenStreetMap.org for example screen shots. Thank you OSM community.