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OpenStreetMap by Jonathan Bennett

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Structure of the project

There is very little formal structure to the OpenStreetMap project, and what structure there is reflects the voluntary nature of contributions to the project. There are no super-users who can change the data in ways that "normal" users can't, and there are no fixed ontologies for the data. The data and the project are both intended to give mappers as much flexibility as possible, so they can map features as accurately as they can. While there are system administrators who look after the project's infrastructure, they don't get any more say about what gets put in the database than any other contributor.

The OpenStreetMap Foundation—the non-profit body set up to support the project—doesn't regulate where mappers work, what ...

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