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I am curious to hear what others think about open source map data.

In Europe (and other places: Australia too) quality street data are proprietary, as opposed to publicly made US Tiger lines.
Openstreetmap.org is one group to tap into for creating/accessing street level data (also geocommons.com - coming soon), but I
have reservations with using this data other than for casual, non professional, mash-ups.

My first reaction is 'user beware' and encourage clients to purchase the more accurate proprietary data, if the need be.
Yet, there may be examples where open source (volunteer generated) data may do the job.

Any thoughts?


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