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OpenLayers vs OpenStreetMap: What are the differences?

OpenLayers: A high-performance, feature-packed library for all your mapping needs. An opensource javascript library to load, display and render maps from multiple sources on web pages; 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.

OpenLayers and OpenStreetMap can be categorized as "Mapping APIs" tools.

Some of the features offered by OpenLayers are:

  • Tiled Layers - Pull tiles from OSM, Bing, MapBox, Stamen, MapQuest, and any other XYZ source you can find. OGC mapping services and untiled layers also supported.
  • Fast & Mobile Ready - Mobile support out of the box. Build lightweight custom profiles with just the components you need.
  • Vector Layers - Render vector data from GeoJSON, TopoJSON, KML, GML, and a growing number of other formats.

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

  • Local Knowledge
  • Community Driven
  • Open Data

"Flexibility" is the top reason why over 8 developers like OpenLayers, while over 9 developers mention "Simple" as the leading cause for choosing OpenStreetMap.

OpenLayers is an open source tool with 5.17K GitHub stars and 1.97K GitHub forks. Here's a link to OpenLayers's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, OpenStreetMap has a broader approval, being mentioned in 38 company stacks & 15 developers stacks; compared to OpenLayers, which is listed in 7 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.

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What is OpenLayers?

An opensource javascript library to load, display and render maps from multiple sources on web pages.

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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        The folks behind the maintenance of this library and their dedication to it really pay off. The wealth of comprehensive and up to date documented examples and It allows a singular developer to implement full-featured enterprise-worthy GIS solutions in a short amount of time that stand up to the product heavyweights in the GIS industry. Their ongoing integration with CesiumJS is also noteworthy, and though it takes some time to get immersed in the openlayers development process (the teams continual presence on stack overflow and github is appreciated), the truth is that the waters are shallow though they are wide. Leaflet has it's pros, but the lack of unity among the plugins is an issue for some applications, but Openlayers really does stand alone when it comes to delivering a fully-functional GIS solution application that gets out of your way when you need it to.

        How developers use OpenLayers and OpenStreetMap
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        Massimo Floris uses OpenLayersOpenLayers

        Map interactions, and visualization

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        Praveen Pavithran uses OpenStreetMapOpenStreetMap

        Alternative to Google Maps.

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        Massimo Floris uses OpenStreetMapOpenStreetMap

        Base background map

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