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I need some information for a University assignment about

  1. history of open source products
  2. The prizing and supporting models
  3. The Respective successes factors.

I found OSM a good example for my research, I am also a User of OSM.

asked 30 Oct '11, 12:39

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closed 30 Oct '11, 13:21

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The question has been closed for the following reason "This is too subjective and argumentative a subject for this Q&A system. You can ask this question on the talk mailing list to get mappers' opinions on OSM." by Jonathan Bennett 30 Oct '11, 13:21

  1. Some historical milestones are recorden on the wiki. You may also look at the mailing list archives and possibly interview Petter Reinholdtsen, Steve Coast or any of the early developers.
  2. The servers at are run by the OSM foundation and is funded by donations and memberships. The development are mostly done by volunteers, but some have jobs in companies like Bing, GeoFabrik and CloudMade.
  3. As far as the success we are saving lives, gaining support by Microsoft and giving developers a better map then Google.
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answered 30 Oct '11, 13:22

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