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19 April 2010, 11:56

OpenStreetMap to reach 250,000 contributors today

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OSM Logo The OpenStreetMap (OSM) Project has announced that it will reach more than 250,000 registered users today. OpenStreetMap is an open source project that is building free online maps, not based on any copyright or licensed map data. It was founded by Steve Coast in August of 2004 and is run by the OpenStreetMap Foundation.

The OSM project has become increasingly popular over the last year. In March of 2009, for example, it reached 100,000 registered users and crossed the 200,000 user milestone in early January of this year. According to OSM's Richard Weait, the project now "gets hundreds of new registrations a day". Weait jokingly says that the 250,000th registered user will even receive a prize: "the right to a copy of the OSM data set under the OSM data license" – the same 'prize' all OSM contributors get.

More OSM statistics can be found on the OSM Statistics page and on the Stats wiki. Those interested in helping OpenStreetMap can create a new account to start contributing. More details can be found in the OpenStreetMap Beginners' guide. The OpenStreetMap maps are released under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 2.0 license.

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