OpenStreetMap's Quest to Conquer Google's Mapping Empire


Tue, Mar 4th, 2014 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

On The Next Web, Paul Sawers looks at OpenStreetMap's quest to "conquer Google's mapping empire".

We’re already seeing how Google+ is being used as its cross-product glue, providing a ‘unified’ experience. Want to post a comment on YouTube or write a review on Google Play? You gotta use Google+. Google Maps is one obvious omission here — you can use it on the Web without having to surrender any account details. Could that change in the future? Who knows. But anything’s possible.

Of course, you’re not physically tethered to Google Maps — you use it because it’s genuinely a great service. Decent alternatives include Microsoft’s Bing Maps and Nokia’s HERE mapping services, but ‘Google Maps is Google Maps’, right?

Then there’s OpenStreetMap, which you may have encountered before without really knowing it. For the unitiated, OpenStreetMap is a free, editable map of the world created by the online masses. Yes, it’s just like Wikipedia?but for maps.



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