OpenStreetMap or OSM is the free and editable online map of the whole world. Offering a free street level map of the world, OpenStreetMap was created by an ever-growing map lovers community.
OpenStreetMap is a collaborative project. The geodata underlying the map is considered the primary output of the project. The creation and growth of OSM have been motivated by restrictions on the use or availability of map data across much of the world and the advent of inexpensive portable satellite navigation devices.
The data from OpenStreetMap may be used in various ways, including the production of paper maps and electronic maps (similar to Google Maps, Bing Maps, or MapQuest, for example), geocoding of address, and place names, and route planning.
Many users of GPS-based devices use the OpenStreetMap data to replace the built-in map data on their devices. OSM data has been favorably compared with proprietary data sources, although back in 2009, data quality varied across the world.