OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world. Two major driving forces behind the establishment and growth of OSM have been restrictions on use or availability of map information across much of the world and the advent of inexpensive portable satellite navigation devices.Created by Steve Coast in the UK in 2004, it was inspired by the success of Wikipedia and preponderance of proprietary map data in the UK and elsewhere. Since then, it has grown to over 1 million registered users, who can collect data using GPS devices, aerial photography, and other free sources. These crowdsourced data are then made available under the Open Database License.
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  • Offers Open Source Alternative to Google and Apple Maps

    … OpenStreetMap’s impressive achievements thus far, most users of navigation apps have never heard of it. An app that catches on with consumers could bring OpenStreetMap to the mainstream and could bring about a real paradigm shift in local data. Damian Rollison writes the Streets Ahead column for Street Fight every three weeks. He is director of product at Brandify, and can be reached via Twitter. …

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  • Google Maps Navigation Now Covers 104 Countries

    … owned by Google), Apple Maps and OpenStreetMap have helped reintroduce mapping competition into the market. Some opinions expressed in this article may be those of a guest author and not necessarily Search Engine Land. Staff authors are listed here. (Some images used under license from…

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