OpenStreetMap Interview

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Pocket-lint has an interview with Steve Coast, the founder and developer of OpenStreetMap which uses crowdsourcing to create and update detailed geographic information.  The article focuses mainly on comparing the costs and update capability of commercial sources such as TeleAtlas with the advances of OpenStreetMap which relies on the input of over 150,000 volunteers.  As for the long term goals of OpenStreetMap, Steve Coast says, “The plan is to overtake Tele Atlas and Navteq. It’s coming for them and it’ll hit them hard like it did for the guys at Encyclopedia Britannica when Wikipedia grew. I want OSM to become the biggest mapping service in the world.” (Seen via Mapperz)

Read more: OpenStreetMap – Crowd sourced cartography set to re-map the world


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