OpenStreetMap project sees serious decline, disbanding imminent


The OSM Foundation today announced the imminent disbandment of the project due to a heavy loss of users, little uptake and not enough map data and community to sustain the project. Flocks of users abandoning OpenStreetMap for Google Map Maker and most formaly-supportive commercial entities now using ClosedStreetMap mean there are not enough donations to run the servers or hand out GPS units to the needy.

Mikel Maron, board member of the OSMF said today “We had no idea the project was in such a bad shape until it was discovered that one of our keenest users, RichardF, had in fact been paying hundreds of people on Mechanical Turk to enter reasonable looking data. We thought he liked living on a boat but that was just to keep costs down, so he could keep paying those turkers to map.”

MapQuest announced the closure of their well publicized ‘open’ project and renamed it the ‘MapQuest Closed’ project in response. Ant Pegg in an email stated “It took CM over 2 years to realise the project was worthless, it took us 1 year, hopefully the next sucker will only take 6 months.” In addition, MQ is closing it’s variety of open sites including and instead replacing them under the new ‘Closed’ brand begining in the Cook Islands:

A jubilent ReallyOpenStreetMap team have taken the loss in their stride and accepted new users to their ranks. A defiant member of the now-dorment legal-talk list known as “13gal 3ag13” stated “HAHA WE WON!!!! NOW i CAN DeBATE TEH LICENSE OF FREEDZOMG” and asking all those leaving OSM to join ROSM, give up mapping and discuss the correct placement of commas in legal documents.

Steve Coast, founder of OSM, is to change roles at Microsoft and begin working on printer drivers for the upcoming Windows 8.


15 thoughts on “OpenStreetMap project sees serious decline, disbanding imminent

  1. Robert Kaiser

    Finally! I knew any open project could not survive – the whole "things do much better when everyone can contribute" story is nothing but a myth anyhow, I never believed in it. Good to see this useless drowning of someone’s money ended for good.And I always wanted better printer drivers anyhow.

  2. Deisnor

    Dear osm team. My condolences. Rosm team good luck in this endeavor I would like to offer waze support and sponsorship of your efforts in the form of 1000 open virtual cupcakes to kick start.

  3. george

    Oh man, does this mean that Mikel’s going to have to go back to being a beard salesman?

  4. Martijn van Exel

    This will mean the return to prominence of the STAR 8 pin dot matrix printers for sure *dusting mine off*. Who needs mapz when you can have ASCII art @ 90dB?

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