OpenStreetMap is Having a Moment. The Billion Dollar Dataset Next Door | by Joe Morrison | Nov, 2020 | Medium

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I had no idea that companies like Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft were contributing content to OpenStreetMap. I love that OSM is a project, we need an openly licensed high-quality set of map data, but given the billions that Apple and these other companies are putting into generating their own map data why do this?

The concept is simple: undermine your competitors’ intellectual property advantage by collaborating with aligned entities to cheapen it with a free and openly licensed alternative.

I would wager that corporate participation in OSM is less about directly monetizing souped-up versions of OSM data provided as modern web services and more about desperately avoiding the existential conflict of having to pay Google for the privilege of accessing their proprietary map data.

It is notable that Google isn’t participating at all here. I will be interested to see how this continues to evolve.

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