Q: I'd like to participate. How do I begin?
Q: Other than writing code, how can I contribute?
Q: What's a good bug for a newcomer to tackle?
Q: What is a bug or issue with OpenStreetMap that you've been putting off, neglecting, or just plain avoiding?
Geographical data (geo data) is not free in many parts of the world. Generally these places have given the task of mapping to various government agencies who in return get to make money by selling the data back to you and me. If you live in one of these countries, then your taxes pay for the mapping and then you have to pay again to get a copy of it. In the USA crude data (such as TIGER) is in the public domain, however refined data and finished maps are generally commercially copyrighted.
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People who want to help (3)
- crschmidt projects: WebProcessingServer, Community MapBuilder, OpenStreetMap, OpenLayers sandbox, Debian GNU/Linux, Debian Python Module Packaging, TileCache, FeatureServer, OpenLayers
- spaetz Zürich, Switzerland projects: OfflineIMAP, libeflvala, FSO Framework, OpenEmbedded, SHR, monotone, notmuch-all-feature, notmuchsync, calc, Ubuntu and 8 more JessyInk, Mnet, Navit, K-Meleon, iRATE radio, The Freenet Project, OpenStreetMap, cnotmuch
- Siebrand Mazeland siebrand Utrecht, Netherlands projects: iHRIS, OpenStreetMap, FUDforum, Mifos, Kiwix, Okawix, Encyclopedia of Life, FreeCol, WikiReader, NOCC and 4 more MantisBT, shapado, StatusNet, MediaWiki