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Using OpenStreetMap and its Data

What is open street map

If you are familiar with OpenStreetmap - as an open source counterpart to Google Maps - you will first associate it with maps. But this falls short:

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a collaborative project to create a free editable geographic database of the world. The geodata underlying the maps is considered the primary output of the project. The creation and growth of OSM has been motivated by restrictions on use or availability of map data across much of the world, and the advent of inexpensive portable satellite navigation devices. Wikipedia

First of all, OpenStreetMap is a gigantic collection of geoinformation that goes far beyond a street map. The data is provided free of charge by the OpenStreetMap-Foundation under the Open Data Commons Open Database License (ODbL).

What can this data be used for?


The most obvious use of OSM is to display maps on websites and elsewhere. These maps can be used to display routes or as a basis for displaying geographic statistical data.

Route Planner

Calculation and optimization of routes is also a classic application.



Geocoding provides the geographic coordinate of a postal address, and of course the other way around, a postal address to a geographic coordinate.

Other areas of application are completing or correcting addresses. With the help of this data, an address auto-completion or correction can be implemented.

Delivery or payment addresses can be verified, thus preventing wrong deliveries and uncovering attempts at fraud.

Localities and Points of Interest

The data contains a wide range of data from companies and restaurants, hotels and all kinds of businesses including contact details, to public facilities, to attractions and political and administrative borders.

What we can do for you

Not only do we have experience in implementing maps, we also have experience in handling this data and making it useful for you. We have the know-how to access the different APIs and to visualize them in the OSM map material.

E-Commerce, marketing and more

But we are also familiar with the data structure of the OSM project. We can also make this almost 1 terabyte of data available to you on our own server in order to give you lightning-fast access. Under certain conditions. Ask us.

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