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

    … see the app eventually finding favor in the U.S. marketplace despite the dominant position of incumbents like Google and Apple. Even before that happens, local marketers may want to take note of a mapping app that is likely already in the pockets of many European travelers. Launched in 2010 in Zurich, Switzerland by former Google Maps engineer Yury…

    Damian Rollison/ Street Fightin Google- 22 readers -
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