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One of the many areas where Google is far ahead of Microsoft is mapping, with Google Maps by far the dominant map service on the Internet. Microsoft is employing an under-the-radar approach to fighting back, lending big support and big dollars to the open source map project OpenStreetMap. It looks as if the tactic is starting to pay off.

OpenStreetMap is run much like Wikipedia, in which volunteers provide mapping information to build a free, open mapping service. People, sites, and companies can then use that mapping information. The services is overseen by the non-profit OpenStreetMap Foundation. The foundation says that a half a million volunteers have already provided data to OpenStreetMap.

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(I doubt they can beat Google, are you serious?)
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Maybe some day.

Not today though.

I would love to see Open Street maps grow. When I was at SGI we used to commission flights to photograph all over the US for certain research and development projects, then once we used the data, we turned it over to OSM for free. Other companies were doing the same and even one of the guys I worked with open sourced his OpenSceneGraph project hoping OSM would make use of it.
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Surprised Google Maps hasn't done this yet.

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I can see this going terribly wrong. I'll probably be looking up directions on how to get to a store and I will see 20 adult video stores next to the local elementary school.
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And much like wikipedia, I wonder how much of the map content will just come from existing map info--such as google maps.

Thanks, but I'd rather blindly trust a corporate-sponsored data-mining map service like google maps than a user-sponsored open-source map service. At least when you get derailed by crap info on wikipedia, you can just click back and re-search. If you get derailed by map info from some random user you could get seriously screwed (I know, this would probably never happen. Probably...)
    
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I can see this going terribly wrong. I'll probably be looking up directions on how to get to a store and I will see 20 adult video stores next to the local elementary school.

This.
It won't take over Google either.
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This.
It won't take over Google either.

Let's put it this way. This has about as much chance to dominate over google maps as the most recent release of Windows Phone has to dominate over android or iOS phones. (and don't get me wrong--WP looks like an excellent platform, MS is just screwing the pooch with marketing it).
    
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I can see so much abuse with this unless its somehow processed and verified

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LOL their secret weapon will explode in their own faces.
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I noticed a lot of streets are nameless on the map... mad.gif
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