Google Maps vs OpenStreetMap: Which is the Best Web Mapping Service?

Google Maps vs OpenStreetMap: Which is the Best Web Mapping Service?
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Google Maps vs OpenStreetMap: Which is the Best Web Mapping Service?

As a cartographer, you actually have an option as far as maps are concerned, but the solution isn’t so clear like was in the past. Google’s maps remain the king; however, OpenStreetMap is becoming a force to reckon with, getting more popular among different applications as well as services.
While one can find a comparison between the both community mapping programs, which one is really the preferred alternative to commit one’s scarce resources and precious time into if one desires to see his crazy mapping skills get projected on the internet?

 

1. Coverage

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In terms of coverage, Google map has a higher coverage in many countries. As a matter of fact, it is the leading map in many countries which include the United States, Germany, and Japan and over 220 countries. OpenStreetMap, on the other hand, has a very poor coverage in most countries, there are instances where many important places such as hospitals, government buildings, parks etc. will be missing from the map and the individual will have to edit to include the missing places. Google Map is very detailed in its coverage, down to the smallest streets and shops. In website categories, Google map is also ahead of Open Street Map in many categories including arts, shopping travel, business and more than 200 other categories.

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