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Crowdsourcing with OpenStreetMap to drive new version of Scout app

Matt Hamblen | May 20, 2014
OSM founder Steve Coast says crowdsourcing with volunteers lowers costs and improves map data quality.

"At a high level, I understand the concern over crowdsourcing. We can ask how reliable is the Encyclopedia Britannica, but we won't even go there. Wikipedia tries to find a neutral point of view out of multiple opinions on various controversial topics, but we don't have the same problem with OSM because we're building a factual map of the world with people on the ground using it.

"We know Chicago is here and there are not many different points of view over whether Chicago exists or not. Admittedly, we have issues. One is when roads have two different names in different languages, so the question becomes which road name will be listed first. That's a good thing."


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