To maximize the re-usability of the data Cyclofix collects, we decided to use OpenStreetMap (OSM). But why? How does OSM help us with that? You could say OSM is “the Wikipedia of maps”. Anyone can improve our data. Anyone can re-use it - not necessarily through any official API, but through a whole ecosystem of tools and services that make the data available for a huge range of usecases.
We collected some resources that delve deeper into this topic:
- How to switch to osm
- Learn OSM
- 20-page intro to OpenStreetMap, written with (local) governement in mind
- a listing of projects where governements actively work with OpenStreetMap
- you just want a free background map in Belgium?
Cyclofix was built using MapComplete. That tool was invented to make it as easy as possible to harness the power of the crowd to generate detailed map data about any specific topic that fits in OpenStreetMap. Click below to read how we made that choice.