Digital maps are the bedrock of your online route planning. To provide you with material that covers the whole world, we work with information from OpenStreetMap (OSM), which is an international community project that collects and assembles geodata into a freely usable world map.
Where does the data come from?
The data is recorded by community members (OSM mappers) and fed into the OSM database in three steps.
Raw data is recorded and saved by GPS-enabled devices.
This raw data is edited in the database using the OSM editor and saved there as either "Ways" or "Nodes".
Elements are then classified by being tagged. This is how a line can change into a street, a river or a border.
Anyone can participate in the OSM project- even if they are not actually capturing geodata themselves. Data that has been recorded already can be easily broadened and corrected. Local knowledge can be used to help make small adjustments, which is especially beneficial in areas where the network of paths intersects with natural spaces.
Who can use the data?
All OpenStreetMap data is covered by a so-called "Open Database License (ODbL)" and may only be passed on under this license (ShareAlike license). This guarantees that everyone can use the data without restrictions to create free and commercial products.
The Outdooractive map is based on official geodata. A defined and prepared route network for all activities as well as relevant tourist information from our partners deliver reliable route planning and orientation once you are on site.
Our digital trail networks provide you with a virtual image of the official trails that have been marked out for your sport. Take advantage of their exact layout and caculate the route that suits you best.
All routes – from the motorway to the via ferrata – can be classified differently due to their nature (e.g. width, surface, traffic situation). In order to give you a simple overview of all paths used for leisure activities, we collect this information and translate it into a meaningful waytype.
Already planned your next trip online, but not sure about the coverage in the area you'll be visiting? Not a problem. With our app you can easily download routes and maps and access your content at any time without needing an internet connection.
For greater control and comfort when using our platform, you are able to invidually display on the map the things that interest you most. Feel at home by deciding what content is shown, be it routes, destinations or some other category.