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Open Source Sochi Maps Beat Google’s Versions

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How do you find reliable information?

Back in 2005, a study in Nature concluded that Wikipedia — at the time, a free upstart just eking its way into the Google results — was about as good a source as the venerable Encyclopedia Britannica. Though it found Wikipedia had slightly more factual errors than the older reference, the study gave the website a major commendation when it needed one

OpenStreetMap, a free-to-edit and free-to-use world map often compared with Wikipedia, received a similar — though less validated — commendation last week, when the reporter Greg Miller at Wired found that its maps exceeded Google’s at describing Sochi, the home of the 2014 winter Olympics. Read more…

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