What Is OSM Australia?
OSM Australia is just a basic website to gather all the various Australian-related output from the OpenStreetMap project, and make it available from one place.
Initially, it was just going to be a second file mirror for Stevez's excellent Garmin maps created from the OSM data, and I had some spare web serving capacity to help out with that.
Ok, So What Is OSM?
Open Street Map is an open source project to make a decent, flexible map of the world. I guess it's probably easiest to just use the text from the OSM site itself:
OpenStreetMap is a project aimed squarely at creating and providing free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them. The project was started because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive or unexpected ways.
All the information on these pages is the work of the following people. I take no credit for anything on this site that is actually useful - all the crap bits are me, the good stuff is from the following people:
All the Open Street Map contributors. It's all about having the data in the first place, upon which everything else is built
Stevez who creates the garmin maps each week from the OSM source data
Brett Henderson who created osmosis which is the bees knees for manipulating OSM files
Steve Ratcliffe and others who created mkgmap which forms the centre piece of the tool chain