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Google Maps Free Alternatives This blog post was written on Thursday 24th November 2011 by Neil Sweeney who has been working for Fubra as a Web Developer for a year. Our staff are encouraged to blog on this site, but the views expressed are individual and do not necessarily represent those of Fubra.
I’ve been working on a new OpenStreetMap base map, using recent experiments in vector processing and elevation rendering, and modeled on some of the characteristics of Google’s terrain layer . There are screen shots here, and an actual tile layer Real Soon Now. Many months ago Nelson Minar prodded me to think about an open-source alternative to the Big G’s terrain map, and after some initial experiments with hill shading based on an old post of mine from three years ago , I started working on a more extensible set of stylesheets and TileStache layers. It usually doesn’t take long for me to overthink a project, so this simple task turned into kind of a behemoth that’s I’m just managing to bring in for a landing now.