Malaysia: Kota Kinabalu has become the first city in the country to be mapped on OpenStreetMap (OSM). The comprehensive map was the result of a mapping competition between five schools. The purpose of the competition was to introduce the latest community web mapping technology to students and create awareness about the importance of geographic information as well as create a good quality OSM for Kota Kinabalu.
The students captured a variety of geographical information ranging from infrastructures like roads, buildings and drains, to points of interest such as restaurants, petrol stations, government buildings to supermarkets and map them on the digital basemap. The data or information mapped on the OSM can be used for the tourism industry, general public and business community where the location of the premises can be put on the map to a worldwide audience. Anybody with a registered user account can input data onto the OSM basemap.