Alternate headlines: Google Maps versus OpenStreetMap; why OpenStreetMap is better than Google Maps
I presented to the Chicago GIS Network Meetup group on February 5,2013, about alternatives to Google when it comes to mapping on the web. I created the presentation and outline a couple hours before giving it and came up with this slideshow with three frames.
Google Maps and its data is a one-way street (or many one-way streets). Google will take data but won’t give it back.
Google Maps has all of these features, but they’re easier to manipulate when you use an alternative. Alternatives like: MapBox, TileMill, OpenLayers, OpenStreetMap (made easy with JOSM), GeoCommons – I’m sure there are plenty more.
OpenStreetMap is the Wikipedia of online mapping and geographic data. Considering switching to OSM.