Imagine if the Encyclopedia Brittanica were published online before Wikipedia was big, and people pointed at it as evidence of Wikipedia's inevitable doom
This is how I feel about Google Maps with respect to OpenStreetMap
@sir I’m amazed at how far it’s come over the years, I remember mocking its quality even 5 years ago but now it seems like it’s so much more accurate, at least in places with volunteers (very poor/rich places)
@sir doesn't OSM only let a site use its data a certain number of times per day?
@ignaloidas thing is, that completely blocks any sort of mobile-device navigation app, since there's not gonna be room on most phones to download the entirety of the world map at a useful detail level, and that's one of the largest use cases of digital maps
@starseeker No. They have limits on the use of their *servers*. Not their *data*. That's a big difference.
all osm data is under a free license. essentially, they want people to self-host it, but they do provide a server that websites can use if they don't generate excessive traffic:
I think its great that OSM exists, but it does have a lot of problems, some of the most severe detailed eloquently at https://blog.emacsen.net/blog/2018/02/16/osm-is-in-trouble/
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