• Nakor Posted: 8/4/2010 10:36am PDT

    Hello, just to point out that this article is plain wrong from its title: OpenStreetMap does not belong to Microsoft and was not created by Microsoft. It is not new but was created 6 years ago. Same applies for Potlacth.
    The data in OpenStreetMap is data that was contributed by many contributors from all over the world and placed under the CC-BY-SA data and thus cannot be the same as Bing's proprietary data.
    More details from the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenStreetMap .
    More details from the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenStreetMap .

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 8/4/2010 2:00pm PDT

    Noted and updated (see above).

  • JA Posted: 8/5/2010 7:44am PDT

    I don't think the comment was shrill. The author made a pretty big mistake; basically botching the who, what and why of the story.

  • brad Posted: 8/5/2010 9:57am PDT

    You might also be interested to note that OpenStreetMap data is being used for display and routing in a MapQuest beta: http://open.mapquest.co.uk/ It opens in the UK, but you can pan over to the US (or wherever) if you want.

  • A Mapper Posted: 8/6/2010 12:12am PDT

    It should be noted that Yahoo! helps the (independant) project OpenStreetMap by authorizing the usage of its aerial imagery (the "images that looked several years old"), that Google helps by sponsoring software development with GSoC, that MapQuest is going to help by investing in the quality checks in OSM data in the U.S., and that Microsoft Bing... *just* added OpenStreetMap as a visualisation layer. Thank you so much, Microsoft.

  • Andrew Posted: 5/15/2011 6:40am PDT

    The author should have pulled the article, or rewritten it with facts, not left it with the random opinionated chatter he wrote which, has not factual basis, and not comment harshly about being corrected either.
    If this is the knowledge and research you do for your articles, it is a clear warning to blanket ignore anything you do write.