Don’t Be Evil: OpenStreetMap Edition

Remember last weeks report of Mocality vs. Google? Looks like Google’s streak is not coming to an end soon. This time it’s OpenStreetMap reporting deletions of their open, wiki-style mapping service:

Preliminary results show users from Google IP address ranges in India deleting, moving and abusing OSM data including subtle edits like reversing one-way streets.

Two OpenStreetMap accounts have been vandalizing OSM in London, New York and elsewhere from Google’s IP address, the same address in India reported by Mocality.

The most obvious vandalism started around last Thursday last week from these particular users however it may take us some time to do a full analysis. In fact over the last year we have had over 102 thousand hits on OSM using at least 17 accounts from this Google IP.

I wonder what Google has to say this time around? Another (the same?) random “team of people working on a Google project”?

It’ll be interesting to watch this thing unravel and find out what else the team behind this Google IP has done. I think this won’t be the last thing we heard about it.

OpenStreetMap is a service like Wikipedia, but instead of text it allows users to create maps.