What you need (besides a mobile device):
- An OSM account (briefly covered in step one)
- An OSM app for your mobile device
This instructable is specific to the iPhone and using the Pushpin app, which in our experience provides a user friendly interface to explore and add locations. The steps are very similar using other devices or apps, but the screenshots will not match.
Proceed to step 1 if you do not have an OSM account or skip to step 2 if you already have one that you want to have publicly associated with the POI you add.
Step 1: Creating a New OSM Account
You can alternatively use your OpenID to log in directly: https://www.openstreetmap.org/login
Step 2: Step 2: Checking for POIs
In Pushpin you do this by zooming in to the area you are interested in and tapping the download button in the upper left corner.
If you see an icon representing what you want to add already present on the map, you can view it and update it if needed, but don't add another one for the same object.
Step 3: Step 3: Marking the Location
You do this by pressing the + button in the upper right corner of Pushpin.
You then move around the crosshair marker on the map itself until it is in the correct location, and then press the "Tap here to set the location" overlay on the map (see Image 2 in this step).
The item is then marked with a little red bubble drop, see image 3.
Then you press Done in the upper right corner to proceed to the next step.
Step 4: Step 4: Selecting the Type of the POI
In this case we are adding a security camera in a public location outdoors. Tap the Type field and use the search field at the top of the screen that appears to make it easier for you to find the type you want, see image 2 in this step.
Step 5: Step 5: Adding Information to the POI
In our case we are adding a security camera, and we add the Operator (as it is apparent by a label on the camera) and General Notes about the camera, such as type, how it is mounted and info on what approximate cardinal direction it is facing (North - West - South - East) to distinguish between the many adjacent cameras in this location. Study the difference between the two different cameras captured in screenshot 1 and 2 in this step. They are very close and could easily be confused if not marked properly.
Add the Source as "Survey" if you viewed the location yourself.