OpenStreetMap(OSM) is a free to use a geolocation solution, an editable map of the entire world that is being developed by contributors and released with an open-content license.
Today, the most successful unicorn startups are built on geolocation services like Maps, Navigations, Routes, Places, and Street Views. In addition to this, these services have been used heavily by diverse business domains as mentioned below-
When I searched for free Google Maps alternatives on the internet, I got to know about OpenStreetMap. What I really liked about OSM is their underlying mission:
“We started it because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive, or unexpected ways.” - OpenStreetMap Foundation
That’s enough! This could be the actual reason behind all that initial challenges and frustrations for any developer team, small ideas, and young age startups. So, I thought to do little research about OSM and share it with you all.
Map Gif by Giphey.com
Google Maps are mostly preferred by these big enterprises and unicorn startups for their millions of Maps, Routes, and Places requests hourly and daily. But for small and medium-sized enterprises, it can be difficult to afford the Pay-as-you-go subscription model given by Google as they grow more. Nevertheless, Google Maps is providing a few thousand free visits and $200 monthly credit.
There are plenty of easy ways to create your own maps, modify according to your requirements using OSM. They are:
You can use it for regular browsing places, navigation, directions, and share locations. Try it here OpenStreetMap.
This is my current location in the city as shown by OpenStreetMap.
Since products like OpenStreetMap massively rely on contributors and volunteers. They have several drawbacks too. Below are some disadvantages:
But of course, free tools are better to start your own venture.
OpenLayers is another completely free solution for displaying dynamic maps in the applications and products. It draws tiles from a variety of sources, including OpenStreetMap. In addition to the basic maps, OpenLayers also allows us to render vector layers and put markers on our map.
The OpenStreetMap License allows free access to the World Map images and all of the underlying map data. Their main aim is to promote new and interesting uses of this data. In the end, before using OpenStreetMap data and APIs, read the copyright page once to know how to give credit to OpenStreetMap and its contributors.
I hope you appreciate the open-source technologies by supporting in whatever possible way you can!🤗 OpenStreetMap is not just open data but a truly open-source product and we can contribute!
Follow me on LinkedIn (@kapilraghuwanshi) and Twitter (@techygeeeky) for more such tech stories.
Create your free account to unlock your custom reading experience.