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29 September 2009, 12:17

Flickr adds support for OpenStreetMap machine tags

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OSM The Flickr developers have announced that they have added support for OpenStreetMap (OSM) machine tags to their photo sharing site. Each object, like a building, that OSM finds on its maps is assigned a number known as an Element. These elements are; nodes – single geospatial points, ways – ordered interconnections of at least two nodes and relations which group nodes, ways and even other relations together.

Flickr images that are tagged with OSM metadata, such as "osm:way=30089216", are linked to OpenStreetMap. Flikr, which is owned by Yahoo, can read this number and get additional data about places from the OSM database. For example, this Flickr image of St George's House in Manchester shows the machine tag details to the right and includes a link below the photo that leads to OSM's way 30089216 page on St George's House.

The OpenStreetMap project, run by the OpenStreetMap Foundation, is an open source project that is building free online maps, not based on any copyright or licensed map data. The project was started in August of 2004 and has become increasingly popular, gaining more and more registered users each month.

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