Wikipedia meets OpenStreetMaphttps://maps.wikimedia.org
Seems like a start of something HUGE if this project is successful in 2-3 years. Can any of you translate technical aspects of this into what this (possibly) means for the whole mapping industry and, as a result, our local business industry?
The way I understand it - this is an open-source project (unlike restrictive & paid API Google Maps and similar) where Wikipedia put a "copy" of OpenStreetMap on its own servers and will now have their huge Wikipedia community contribute. This will eventually lead to big companies that need maps (in cars, web services, phones, etc) to switch from using Google Maps (and similar) to using this free open-source alternative. Kind of what Apple Maps is doing right now with using OpenStreetMaps (in its current form) for their mapping but this Wikimedia Maps will be a much better "product" for corporations that need a mapping platform to use.
Do I understand it right?
Can you elaborate?
How significant can this be?
How do you understand this?
What can this mean for local business industry in a few years, if anything?
More on this:https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Mapshttps://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10236057
Pinning +Greg Sterling
, +Mike Blumenthal
, +David Deering
, +Andrew Shotland
, +Mary Bowling
and anyone else who's interested in local data, mapping and technology behind it.