OpenStreetMapping My Neighborhood

6:10 pm PHT

Ever since I discovered that the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project expanded their coverage to the whole world, I was excited to map out my neighborhood since I saw that my area is still virgin territory yet untouched by Philippine-based OSM contributors. You can actually add data on the site itself using their Potlatch web app. It’s a slick Adobe Flash-based application that provides a rudimentary, yet powerful map data editor and can directly show Yahoo! Maps satellite imagery for tracing streets. The other popular way of adding data is via the JOSM Java-based desktop application. JOSM is intended for power users and serious OSM contributors.

 OpenStreetMap map of Brgy. Talon Dos in Las Piñas showing parts of BF Resort Village, Sta. Cecilia Village, and PhilamLife Village.

Since I don’t want to install Java 1.5 on my laptop, I’ve been contributing using the Potlatch editor. While I can’t add much metadata (like which streets are one-way), Potlatch is a really decent editor for creating, classifying and naming new streets, which I have been doing.

So far, I’ve already mapped parts of my neighborhood in Las Piñas and some areas in Alabang. You can see Mapnik renderings of my progress scattered in this blog post. (The images are released under the CC-BY-SA 2.0 license.)

 OpenStreetMap map of Brgy. Ayala Alabang in Muntinlupa showing parts of Ayala Alabang Village and Filinvest Corporate City.

This goes to show that I’m a really geeky person. Being an active contributor to Wikipedia is already geeky enough. Contributing street-level maps to OSM is even geekier.  :D

For other examples of beautiful street maps created using OSM data, check out their featured images wiki page.

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On 1:11 a.m., 2 Sep 2007, Miguel wrote:

Nice! Thanks to your post I signed up and looked at my house. Unfortunately the area is covered with clouds. I’ll look for more places to map when I find free time.


On 3:24 a.m., 2 Sep 2007, joyce wrote:

galing mo talaga euge!


On 1:48 a.m., 3 Sep 2007, seav wrote:

@Migs, I’m glad that this post inspired you to try it out.  :-)

@Joyce, thanks! I still haven’t mapped out the Batangas area of Ayala Alabang. Hindi ka pa maso-stalk. Yet. Hehehe.


On 5:11 p.m., 13 Mar 2008, maning wrote:

Great work in Las Piñas! I also contribute to OSM Philippines mainly around QC and Marikina…

I am also “seeding” some in Mindanao, mainly to provide a “skeleton” for others to continue editing based from out-of-copyright maps.…

I do hope more could contribute. The Philippines needs a decent and free streetmap. Keep your contributions coming!




On 6:52 p.m., 15 Mar 2008, seav wrote:

@maning, hey thanks for visiting. Nice work too. As for other people contributing, I’m a Wikipedian and I noticed that not too many people contribute there actively. So I expect an even lesser amount of people will go over OSM. But, anyway, I’m contributing as much as I can; I’m doing BF Homes Parañaque as time permits.  :)


On 1:43 a.m., 23 May 2008, Luis Cruz wrote:

It’s a good thing most of the streets in my area have been mapped already (though I made a few edits). Otherwise, I would proably lose a lot of sleep because of OSM.


On 9:54 a.m., 23 May 2008, seav wrote:

@Luis, I think you live in BF Pque, right? *wink* I mapped that part of Metro Manila.  :)


On 10:33 a.m., 23 May 2008, Luis Cruz wrote:

Nope, and I’m not announcing to the world where I live either.  =)

In any case, I read that post too. Nice work exposing Jayvee and Rico!  =)


On 10:50 a.m., 23 May 2008, seav wrote:

@Luis, you do know that OSM is kinda like a Wiki right? And that changes to the data is recorded in a history? So it’s just a matter of finding out what data was edited in the Philippines by new users within the past day to know the general area where you live.  :)


On 11:04 p.m., 24 May 2008, Luis Cruz wrote:

True. The thing is, if you know where to dig (and what to dig for), you can probably find any information you want anyway.

What I don’t like is leaving information out in the open for everybody to see. Let them work for it.  =)

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