OpenStreetMap, an alternative to Google map data, has had a lot of success but can’t agree on what direction to go next, say those in the know. An odd problem for people who make maps, right?

But at least they are having fun trying. 

When I was young, the only sort-of controversy in maps was ‘fairness’ to third world countries.  We didn’t say ‘developing nations’ back then, we said ‘third world’, just like people who were trying to foment dissent in a country were called ‘fifth columnists’ but now we call them ‘humanities professors’.


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