What is SearchOSM?
SearchOSM searches OpenStreetMap data for points of interest (POIs) such as hotels, restaurants, shops and tourist attractions. OpenStreetMap contains more information than can be shown on a regular map, such as contact information and brands sold in shops. SearchOSM aims to make use of this additional information. SearchOSM does not search OpenStreetMap's database direct, it uses a local derivative database. The derivative database is normaly updated daily. OpenStreetMap is created by it's users and the data is free to use.
How do I use it?
You use SearchOSM by zooming in on the area you want to search for something. Click on the search button and a dialogue box opens. If you know the name of what you search for you type it in. Note that the search is unforgiving for misspellings, if not sure about the spelling it is sufficient to only type part of the name. You can also search for brand names. If you do not know the name but look for a type of place you can select a category with the drop down menu. You can combine a name with a category as well. Press the search button and the search will begin. Your matches will be shown as icons on the map. The icons are clickable and will display information if available. If you click on the list button after a successful search you will see your matches as a list.
If you click on the marker button this web page will ask your browser for your current position. If given a marker will be placed there and the map zoomed in. If you double click anywhere on the map the marker is set there. The marker can also be moved by drag and drop. If you click on the marker button when the marker is set the marker will be removed. If you type two words in the search dialogue box only matches containing both words will be shown (logical AND). If you separate the words with | matches containing either word will be shown (logical OR). If a marker was set the list is sorted by distance from the marker. If a marker was not set the list is sorted in alphabetical order. OpenStreetMap supports multiple languages. Every item can have names in all languages. SearchOSM uses the local and English names and you can search for both.