OpenStreetMap is an amazing, free, open-source alternative to the other mapping tools on the Internet. And now, it just got a whole lot better: it now offers A-to-B directions, directly from its homepage.
A decade ago, OpenStreetMap launched as a free, open-source alternative to the other mapping tools you may encounter on the internet. Turns out that the collaborative experiment worked exceptionally well, and thanks to a new site, you can see for yourself how the Wikipedia of mapping has covered the whole planet.
Satellite images of cities at night look wonderful—until you zoom in and realize that they're a big, blurry mess. These gorgeous city images, made by Marc Khachfe, solve that problem—because they're actually computer generated from OpenStreetMap data.
Every time I tell someone about OpenStreetMap, they inevitably ask "Why not use Google Maps?". From a practical standpoint, it's a reasonable question, but ultimately this is not just a matter of practicality, but of what kind of society we want to live in. I discussed this topic in a 2008 talk on OpenStreetMap I gave…
OpenStreetMap, the free wiki world map, is a wonderful little project that has become hugely successful. Now, the team behind it has released a report which explains how it's changed over the last eight years—and some of the results are damn pretty.
Google Maps is mighty useful, but not everybody's a fan—including Apple, who seem to be ditching it. But OpenStreetMap isn't the nicest looking thing, and let's not discuss Bing. This new OpenStreetMap skin, however, is hands down the best looking digital map I've ever seen.