Google Maps lost another high-profile customer on Thursday when Wikipedia announced that it would be switching to OpenStreetMap (OSM), a free, crowdsourced alternative mapping project based in the UK, for use in Wikipedia’s new mobile apps.
Still, the defections of those companies and now Wikipedia came several months after Google started charging heavy users of the Google Maps API in January 2012.
But Richard Fairhurst, an OpenStreetMap foundation board member, claims that Wikipedia’s defection is much more than about money, it’s because it thinks OSM is actually a superior mapping product, at least for Wikipedia’s needs.
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