Riding around the world... how do I contribute my tracks?

Hi all, I am riding around the world by motor cycle at the moment. Each day, I save my tracks into folders with appropriate names etc. from/to.
How can I contribute all this in an easy way to OSM? I looked at the forum a bit but it seems regionalized. I probably have hundreds of tracks already after 5 months and I am going to keep going for another few years. So I’m sure I will contribute a lot of new stuff as well as reconfirm so off the beaten path tracks. Is there a simple way to do this?

Thanks for any insight.


Lucky you, have a look herehttp://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Upload

Edit I just realised that page is a bit out of date. Create an account with OpenStreet Map, Goto the OSM front pagehttp://www.openstreetmap.org/ , “click on your name” at the top of the page, then click on “My Traces”, then click “Upload a trace”.


Thanks Bernard, first trace uploaded. Much appreciate the help!


Is there anyhting else I need to do or are the files automagically added to the map after a review of some sorts? Cheers, Kevin. We can probably close the thread as “answered” too, but I don’t know how.

you can create a zip archive and upload many tracks with one upload.

Note that your tracks are not “automagically” converted to roads, this has to be done manually either by you or other users.

Hi Kevin (Malindi),

I can see you’ve started to put the tracks up and done your first edit, good going.

As SunCobalt mentioned you can create a zip file with many gpx files included (instructions on the same page as above post) but I think that zip is converted to one giant gpx file. Might be a bit unwieldy to use.

Uploaded gpx tracks/traces are just that, they are not added to the map but are available to you or anyone else to use to put ways on the map. They can be used with other tracks/traces to average out a way one might be working on or to align aerial images.

If I can help further please ask.

Thanks for all the replies guys. I’ll zip the next batch (Central America through to Colombia). I’ll dig around a bit to see what else I need to do to move those tracks to maps. Cheers, K

Hi Malindi,

see http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Beginners%27_guide to get started in order to use your GPX traces and create OSM ways from it.

You can also check your GPX tracks by any tools mentioned at http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Editing_GPX_Tracks