I like the changes going on at OpenStreetMap. I think they are trying to become more user friendly and are pushing themselves more into the mainstream of the mapping world. Below is an OpenStreetMap of O’Fallon, Illinois that results from the OpenStreetMap export tool which provides a user with an embeddable map for your webpage. It is very nice and shows that OpenStreetMap is no longer just for the application developers.
After writing this post it looks like the embedded maps are not compatible with the WordPress.com security rules. To see the map I created you can go to my VerticalGeo company website (also WordPress, but hosted by VerticalGeo) and see the map in this post. Link.
Sanborn Map Company has a great post on why they moved to an Open Source Stack for serving up the maps they made for the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado. It is a good read and can be found here. Link. The article includes lots of solid reasons why an Open Source stack of geospatial tools can help you deploy your maps quickly, inexpensively, and with more flexibility than other software suites offer.