Enjoy Tracing Your Area Using Super Resolution DG Image!!!

OpenStreetMap has the several million contributors and obvious that it gonna get higher in near future too. Everyday more and more features are being added allover the world what making OSM more special. Accurate, high-resolution and up-to-date satellite imagery is an essential component for improving this continuously evolving map of our planet – whether it is to trace new features or to use as a reference layer for validation. DigitalGlobe has supported the OSM community for years through partnerships, and today, we are pleased to announce that we will also support OpenStreetMap directly.

Yesterday (9 May 2017), two new global satellite imagery layers are live for tracing on OpenStreetMap, courtesy of DigitalGlobe. Now, mappers have even more sources of high quality, recent imagery layers to trace, identify, and validate roads, places, and buildings to continue to expand this free and open database of the Earth’s features.

OSM contributors will see a new imagery source in addition to imagery being provided by  Bing and Mapbox. You will now see the following two image services from DigitalGlobe:

DigitalGlobe-Premium is a mosaic composed of DigitalGlobe basemap with select regions filled with +Vivid or custom area of interest imagery, 50cm resolution or better, and refreshed more frequently with ongoing updates

DigitalGlobe-Standard is a curated set of imagery covering 86% of the earth’s landmass, with 30-60cm or resolution where available, backfilled by Landsat. Average age is 2.31 years, with some areas updated 2x year.


  • Go to Imagery> Imagery Preferences
  • Find and select DigitalGlobe Standard  and DigitalGlobe Premium
  • Activate
  • OK

In iD Editor:

  • Zoom to Edit
  • Click on Background Settings
  • Find and select DigitalGlobe Standard  and DigitalGlobe Premium

Please use the attribution: source=DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe anticipate questions and feedback about this release. We are addressing them through an active forum with FAQs here. We have a short human readable End User License Agreement to summarize terms for editing OpenStreetMap :

“DigitalGlobe, Inc. is pleased to provide its high resolution satellite imagery to OpenStreetMap in support of its mapping initiatives. By using our imagery in the OSM editor, you understand and agree that you may only use our imagery to trace, and validate edits that must be contributed back to OSM. You cannot download our imagery or use our imagery for any other purpose. We retain all right, title and interest in and to our imagery. We provide our imagery “as is,” with all faults and as available; we disclaim all warranties, express or implied, to the extent permitted by applicable law. You can recover from us only direct damages up to an amount equal to the fees you have paid to us to use our imagery on OSM, if any. We are not liable for any other damages, including consequential, lost profits, special, indirect, incidental or punitive damages.”

Enjoy Mapping !!

Source: blog.digitalglobe.com & Kevin Bullok

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