What is SearchOSM?
SearchOSM searches OpenStreetMap (OSM) data for points of interest ie. hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions. OSM contains more detailed information than is shown on a regular map, ie. contact info and brand retailers. SearchOSM aims to make use of this additional information using a local derivative database which is regularly updated.
How do I use it?
Select the map area you want to search, or click the Location button and the map will zoom to your position if you allow it. Click the Search button, select a category, press Go! and SearchOSM will search the selected map area for you. You can zoom in and out to adjust the map area. You can combine a name with a category as well. Any matches found will be shown as icons on the map. Clicking the icons will display additional information if available. Clicking on the List button will list all matches found for your last search.
If you double-click anywhere on the map, a location marker is set there. Move the marker by drag and drop. If you type two words in the search box, only matches containing both words will be shown (logical AND). If you separate words with "|", matches containing either word will be shown (logical OR). The list will be in alphabetical order unless a marker was set, in which case the list is sorted by proximity to the marker. OSM supports multiple languages. SearchOSM uses local and English names and both can be used for your searches.