OpenLayers vs OpenStreetMap: What are the differences?
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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