Last week Google announced a partnership with the World Bank to make Google Map Maker data more accessible to government organizations in disaster scenarios.
Google Map Maker is the tool for crowd-sourcing the editing and maintenance of Google’s world map. Its user-generated data include locations of hospitals, schools, settlements, water sources and minor roads.

But this collaboration will bring positive but also negative results in the market…
It could improve response time and effectiveness in crises in underserved areas of the world,
but on the other hand is Google the new gatekeeper?
is this the END of open source data as we know it?

A must read article about the matter is by Nathaniel Vaughn KELSO and you can read it here – LINK.