We're frequently asked how to add an address to OpenStreetMap. Here's how.
Background: OpenStreetMap (OSM) is the largest data source we rely on. It is a crown-sourced collaborative project that anyone can join. OpenCage picks up edits to OpenStreetMap in 24-48 hours (depending on the volume of edits to OSM). In this tutorial we show the most basic way to add an address to the database via a web browser.
Step 1: Sign up for an OpenStreetMap accountSurf to openstreetmap.org and click in the upper right on "Sign up". All you need is an email address. If you prefer you can log in using your Google, GitHub, Facebook, or other third party accounts.
Step 2: Go into edit modeScroll and zoom the map to the area you would like to edit.
Step 3: Make and save your editClick on the building you'd like to edit. This should open a panel on the left where you can enter address information. Important: the information can't come from a copyrighted source (for example: you can't copy from Google maps).
4. Learn more about OpenStreetMapWe intentionally kept this guide very basic, just covering the process of adding an address via a web browser. As you would expect from a project with the ambition to map the world, there's a lot more to learn. Here are some resources
OpenStreetMap on Wikipedia
a good overview of the project.
a much more detailed tutorial available in over 15 different languages
a comprehensive list of all the tools you can use for editing, including mobile editors.
The OpenStreetMap Foundation
The organization running the OSM servers. We're proud to be corporate members of the OSMF (and the UK and German local chapters).