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Each of these tools allows users to create maps easily, with minimal programming needed, no implied proprietary subscription, and the freedom to release and distribute the resulting maps however they desire. This last part is important, because the tools you use to create your map will sometimes determine your freedom and format of distribution. Map tiles, data sources, analytics, and any algorithms applied to a dataset may bring a variety of licensing issues and conflicts if your tooling is not open source. Even the licensing policies for open source projects like OpenStreetMap are fairly robust, so you can expect other proprietary sources to be potentially even more complex in their restrictions a...

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