How to pick a mapping service
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A tough decision when building a new Geo app is to figure out which service/data to use. This session should cover some of the differences in solutions, and should educate me with the issues to think about when picking a solution to meet my requirements
Discuss the differences for some common providers (e.g. Google Maps, Local OSM, Cloudmade, etc)
- Comparison of functionality (API)
- Service vs raw data (OSM)
- Quality of map data, frequency of updates.
- External library support
- Pricing / Licensing
I'm someone who struggled with these questions when i started up. I'm far from answering them but i can share my own experience/requirements.