MapQuest Trying to 'Out Open' Google

Friday Dec 17th 2010 by Keith Vance

MapQuest is using open source OpenStreetMaps.org data to get a leg up on Google's dominant position in the online mapping arena.

MapQuest has lost a tremendous amount of marketshare to Google over the past few years, but now the AOL-owned company has launched a new initiative called OpenStreetMaps that they hope can bring the company back to the top.

The mapping data are free and open source for anyone to use and contribute to as well. Unlike Google Maps, which is more of a walled city than an open playground, OpenStreetMaps data are free with a capital F.

"We would like to 'out-open' Google," MapQuest general manager Christian Dwyer told the Associated Press.

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