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1 OSMAND[edit]

The main purpose of OSMAND is map use (viewing, navigation, ...) rather than editing. But, you can edit too, and it's perhaps one of the best tools around to add POIs.

This page would clearly be better with some images, or even a video tutorial - however, hopefully this writeup will be useful to work through!

2 Editing OSM with OSMAND[edit]

For basics on editing, see http://osmand.net/features?id=osm-editing-plugin

2.1 Adding POIs to OSM[edit]

The simplest thing you can do is creating or modifying "points of interest" (POIs). As these are just simple points (rather than more complex objects, like "ways" or "relations"), they are also simple to create or modify.

It's easy to do thin in OSM, but because the features for editing are somewhat buried in the application, it requires some setup. However, once it's all configured, it's relatively straight forward.

2.1.1 Preparation[edit]

  • Download and install OSMAND
  • Download the maps you need
  • Verify it's working.

2.1.2 Then: Enable OSM Editing[edit]

  • Main menu > Plugins
  • Scroll down
  • tap "OSM Editing"
  • tap "enable"
  • tap "settings"
    • Enter your OSM login and password

Go back to the map, and then to "configure map", either from the main menu or from the dedicated "configure map" button.

  • tap "POI"
  • scroll down to and "Nearest POIs"

Go back to the map. You now see nearby POIs. (You may need to move the map first.)

2.1.3 Edit/modify a POI[edit]

  • Tap and hold a POI
  • If a menu with several POIs appears at the bottom of the screen, select the POI
  • You now see just the POI at the bottom of the screen, with a menu: Star, flag, share, options (three dots)
  • Tap options (three dots)
  • You now see: Show description, Modify POI, Delete POI, Search near here, Directions from, Add GPX waypoint.
  • Tap "Modify POI", and a full-screen menu pops up, called "Edit POI"
  • Under "Edit POI" you can now change the name / category / additional information for the POI
  • If you go to "Advanced" you can inspect and edit the OSM tags for the POI.
  • When you are done, click save.
  • You are back on the map, with the POI plus "UPLOAD / DELETE", and "Star, flag, share, options" (as before)
  • Tap "UPLOAD" to upload your change.

2.1.4 Create POI[edit]

  • Tap and hold on the map away from POIs
  • You now see the nearest location at the bottom of the screen, with a menu: Star, flag, share, options (three dots)
  • Tap options (three dots)
  • You'll see a list, but with "create POI" among the options
  • proceed as above

Note: If you select "star", this just creates a local favourite. Tapping and holding on a favourite bring up the "Create POI" menu, and the POI is created without reference to your favourite.

Both menus also show "add OSM Note"

2.2 More complex editing: Notes and inspecting OSM[edit]

There are a couple more features that are very useful within OSM, and are simple to access, but they require a bit more understanding of OSM and "OSM tags", so the following may not make a lot of sense unless you have a basic understanding about how OSM works.

2.2.1 OSM Notes[edit]

Notes are a feature whereby

  • OSM users can add notes to OSM, about issues;
  • "[osmose.openstreetmap.fr/en/map/ osmose]" can add notes automatically about issues;
  • other apps also allow the adding of notes automatically about issues (such as some satnavs).

Notes (and how to create/view them) is described here: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Notes, so you may want to read that page first.

These "notes" are sometimes called "bugs" and (in OSM language) they are independent of "nodes", though usually refer to nodes/ways/relations.

You can view (and respond to) those notes in OSMAND.

  • First, you need to enable OSM editing, as described above
  • Go to "configure map"
  • Then locate "OSM Notes (online)". The item only appears if OSM editing is enabled.
  • enable "OSM Notes (online)" and go back to the map
  • OSM Notes now appear as solid red circles with a white cross, or as solid green circles with a white check mark. (Similar to the icons used by iD)

You can inspect or edit these by tap/hold on the notes. You'll see

  • You now see (an abbreviated) note at the bottom of the screen, followed by "comment " and "close" and the menu: Star, flag, share, options (three dots)
  • move the note up on the screen (using the handle, or the dragging on the text)
  • a grey window appears with Lat/lon and a full description, allowing you to read the full note

To the uninitiated user, the note may not make sense, and you may need to go to another editor to be able to make sense of it, more on that below.

2.2.2 "Note" and "fixme"[edit]

There are also "notes" and other information ("fixme") that are attached directly to nodes (as "tags"). This can be confusing, as the "note" tag (attached to a node) is different from an OSM Note / bug (as described above). Moreover, the language around these (in different editors) is not always consistent. To find out about the note and fixme tags, see

You can also visualise these in OSMAND

  • Go to "configure map"
  • Scroll down to "Map rendering" and locate "Details"
  • Tap "Details"
  • Select "OSM Mapper assistant", and press ok. (See [1] for a suggestion to rename the item)
  • Go back to the map.

If you look around the map, you will now see

  • a purple spanner (with purple text), corresponding to "fixme" tags on nodes,
  • a green "note" icon (with green text), corresponding to "note" tags on nodes,
  • purple lines along ways (corresponding to "fixme" tags on nodes).

Of course, you need to be in an area that has such notes.

The items just appear as icons on the map, rather than POIs, and thus cannot be selected (though see [2]). The next section describes how to fix them.

2.2.3 How inspect OSM and fix more complex issues[edit]

if you have Vespucci installed, you can go from OSMAND to Vespucci, to fix more complex issues. This could be useful where you want to inspect objects surrounding an OSM Note, or inspect an object with the note/fixme tags. You do this as follows:

  • Tap/hold near on at the issue in OSMAND
  • You now see the nearest location or POI at the bottom of the screen, with a menu: Star, flag, share, options (three dots)
  • Select "share"
  • Select "geo:"
  • Select "Vespucci" as target app

You'll arrive in Vespucci, at the same place, and you can now inspect objects etc. You'll need to configure Vespucci correctly to download OSM Notes (which appear as bug icons).

3 Getting updates in OSMAND[edit]

OSMAND typically offers map downloads once a month. If you're editing OSM a lot, you may not wait that long. You can use the OSMAND "Live" feature, available from the main menu, to get hourly/daily/weekly updates.