[OSM-talk] Why OpenStreetMap is not Wikipedia

Robert (Jamie) Munro rjmunro at arjam.net
Tue Jul 29 12:36:51 BST 2008

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Frederik Ramm wrote:
| Hi,
|     the similarities between OSM and Wikipedia are many, and easily
| spotted. In fact, we owe a lot of our success to Wikipedia as a "trail
| blazer" - if I tell someone "we're like a Wikipedia for maps", that
| saves me about 5 minutes explaining.
| However, there are also many conceptual differences between our
| respective projects, and I would like to list a few of these that I've
| been thinking about lately.
| I believe that some people are very quick to simply transfer "lessons
| learned" from Wikipedia onto OSM, sometimes without properly taking into
| account that while there are similarities, there are also lots of
| differences.
| 1. One World
| 2. Commercially Valuable Product
| 3. Not an End Product

I agree with this strongly, and believe it's worth mentioning that in
all 3 aspects, MusicBrainz and possibly dmoz.org and similar projects
are a lot closer to us than Wikipedia is.

voxforge.org is also building something interesting which will have
similar issues to us.

Robert (Jamie) Munro
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