What is difference between openlayers & openstreetmaps ? is openlayers made on openstreetmap or vice versa ?

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    Simply put, OSM is an open source collection of street, road and other features. The end product that is most commonly used is a set of map tiles that can be consumed by a map viewer. OpenLayers on the other hand is a JavaScript framework for displaying and manipulating spatial data in a web browser. That's it in a nutshell, but there are many other ways they differ.
    – nagytech
    Jul 13, 2015 at 12:45

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As the GIS SE tag descriptions note:

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is data

OpenStreetMap is a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world. The data is free, and free of legal and technical restrictions. OpenStreetMap is often shorted to OSM.

OpenLayers is a client viewer

OpenLayers is a JavaScript library which implements an API for developing dynamic map widgets on the web. The library provides tools for presenting and editing geographic information using pure JavaScript with no server-side dependencies.


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