Yesterday Brady Forrest from O’Reilly Media led a great conversation on This Week in Google on TWiT.tv on open mapping and the growing discussion around Google Maps versus OpenStreetMap. Of course Google’s new pricing came up as one of the driving factors behind companies like StreetEasy and foursquare switching to alternatives, but much of the conversation was also around the benefits of using open data - instead of proprietary - and the flexibility that allows.
One of the things that’s happening with OpenStreetMap is that people will start to look around and go, oh wait a minute, I’m going from free with Google Maps to suddenly I have to pay in some cases hundreds of thousands of dollars for it. Is there another option? And when they see OpenStreetMap suddenly they’re like oh, but I can have a little more control.
We were psyched for out tools to get a generous shout out as not only alternatives to Google Maps, but also open source tools that help people make better, custom maps.