Google Maps vs OpenStreetMap

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Google Maps vs OpenStreetMap: What are the differences?

What is Google Maps? Build highly customisable maps with your own content and imagery. Create rich applications and stunning visualisations of your data, leveraging the comprehensiveness, accuracy, and usability of Google Maps and a modern web platform that scales as you grow.

What is OpenStreetMap? The free editable map of the whole world. OpenStreetMap is built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more, all over the world.

Google Maps and OpenStreetMap can be categorized as "Mapping APIs" tools.

Some of the features offered by Google Maps are:

  • Maps Image APIs
  • Places API
  • Web Services

On the other hand, OpenStreetMap provides the following key features:

  • Local Knowledge
  • Community Driven
  • Open Data

"Free" is the primary reason why developers consider Google Maps over the competitors, whereas "Simple" was stated as the key factor in picking OpenStreetMap.

Google, Lyft, and Square are some of the popular companies that use Google Maps, whereas OpenStreetMap is used by Apple, Foursquare, and MapLarge. Google Maps has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1975 company stacks & 1093 developers stacks; compared to OpenStreetMap, which is listed in 38 company stacks and 15 developer stacks.

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What is Google Maps?

Create rich applications and stunning visualisations of your data, leveraging the comprehensiveness, accuracy, and usability of Google Maps and a modern web platform that scales as you grow.

What is OpenStreetMap?

OpenStreetMap is built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more, all over the world.
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    What are some alternatives to Google Maps and OpenStreetMap?
    Mapbox
    We make it possible to pin travel spots on Pinterest, find restaurants on Foursquare, and visualize data on GitHub.
    Leaflet
    Leaflet is an open source JavaScript library for mobile-friendly interactive maps. It is developed by Vladimir Agafonkin of MapBox with a team of dedicated contributors. Weighing just about 30 KB of gzipped JS code, it has all the features most developers ever need for online maps.
    OpenLayers
    An opensource javascript library to load, display and render maps from multiple sources on web pages.
    Java Persistence API
    It is a Java application programming interface specification that describes the management of relational data in applications using Java Platform, Standard Edition and Java Platform, Enterprise Edition.It provides a POJO persistence model for object-relational mapping.
    ArcGIS
    It is a geographic information system for working with maps and geographic information. It is used for creating and using maps, compiling geographic data, analyzing mapped information, sharing and much more.
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    Decisions about Google Maps and OpenStreetMap
    Rishikant Sharma
    Rishikant Sharma
    Google Places API
    Google Places API
    Google Maps
    Google Maps

    A huge component of our product relies on gathering public data about locations of interest. Google Places API gives us that ability in the most efficient way. Since we are primarily going to be using as google data as a source of information for our MVP, we might as well start integrating the Google Places API in our system. We have worked with Google Maps in the past and we might take some inspiration from our previous projects onto this one.

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    How developers use Google Maps and OpenStreetMap
    Avatar of Rajeshkumar T
    Rajeshkumar T uses Google MapsGoogle Maps
    • Its used for restaurant Geo location and find the nearest restaurant listing.

    • Find the customer location and delivery agent location tracking.

    • Calculate the distance between restaurant and customer location.

    Avatar of Youpooly Corp.
    Youpooly Corp. uses Google MapsGoogle Maps

    We need to integrate maps in mobile Apps and Web frontend to show where an event is taking place. Maps is best because of it's international availability and the google api with a feature to recursive search.

    Avatar of benyomin
    benyomin uses Google MapsGoogle Maps

    Location, location, location. Choropleths are hot for a reason. When dealing with geography and housing why stop at bar charts, the map really makes my data quickly comprehensible to humans.

    Avatar of papaver
    papaver uses Google MapsGoogle Maps

    used the google maps api on several projects. been an avid user for quite a while. used it all around the world to navigate through public transport and through cities.

    Avatar of Srinivas Adireddi
    Srinivas Adireddi uses Google MapsGoogle Maps

    1) it's very easy to use. 2) shows satellite image, Google earth and many other features like traffic, terrain, etc. 3) Is very useful for driving etc.

    Avatar of Praveen Pavithran
    Praveen Pavithran uses OpenStreetMapOpenStreetMap

    Alternative to Google Maps.

    Avatar of Massimo Floris
    Massimo Floris uses OpenStreetMapOpenStreetMap

    Base background map

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