- Other guides
- Beginner's guide
- JOSM - Detailed Editing
- Mapping with a SmartPhone, GPS or Paper
- OSM Data
- HOT Tips - Getting started for new mappers - iD editor
- Starting with a Tasking Manager - iD editor
- Aerial imagery & Alignment - iD editor
- Issues - iD editor
- Tracing rectangular buildings - iD editor
- Tracing round buildings - iD editor
- Saving - changeset comment & Task Manager finishing a square - iD editor
- Tagging - iD editor
- Copying, Pasting & Rotating - iD editor
- External Resources
Saving - changeset comment & Task Manager finishing a square - iD editor
iD editor - saving
The Essentials of saving using the iD editor
Click on the icon, check what will be saved, add a comment explaining what you have added and then click on the icon to save your changes to OpenStreetMap.
Saving or Uploading to OpenStreetMap - the details
Save your work regularly. Perhaps after tracing 6 buildings. This is especially important at a mapathon when lots of people are all working on the same thing at the same time.
Add a simple comment explaining what you have done at the end of the existing comments, for instance “added a couple of buildings”.
More information about saving to OpenStreetMap
For more information about changeset comments see https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Good_changeset_comments
Your edits will appear on http://www.openstreetmap.org within a few seconds of uploading or saving them.
Although your changes are accepted by OpenStreetMap within a few seconds, some programmes, apps. and devices use a saved version of OpenStreetMap which may not be updated for some weeks or months.
Tasking Manager - Finishing a square, or stopping work before the square is finished
When you think the square is finished, return to the Tasking Manager tab on your browser, add a comment & mark the square as complete. Do not copy the changeset comments which you used when saving to openstreetmap.
If you select;
The whole Tasking Manager process only works if mappers mark squares as complete - even if you are very new and not sure, when you think it is complete, click on the Mark task as done button. The worst thing that can happen is that someone thinks there is a lot more to be done and invalidates your square. Most of us that have carried out a lot of mapping on the Task Manager have had at least one square invalidated - We all miss something at some point.
OpenStreetMap has evolved because mappers are constantly improving the information. Sometimes new imagery becomes available making more detailed mapping possible, and sometimes a survey takes place and information is gained and added to the map.
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