What Is OpenStreetMap and Should You Be Using It?

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OpenStreetMap, or OSM, is like Wikipedia for maps. It’s open source, user contributed, and free to use, and, like Wikipedia, it’s proven to be surprisingly reliable. Even if you haven’t heard of it before, chances are good that you’ve used its data. It’s been used by FourSquare, Pokemon Go, Craigslist, Tesla, and a long list of other apps and services. While it’s not as useful for day-to-day navigation, its vast geospatial dataset has repeatedly proven useful not only to apps, but for humanitarian work and emergency relief. There’s a philosophical element to it as well, though: having a free and

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