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What does OSM mean?

A blurb in today’s Guardian promises a big treat next Monday — a special supplement on “Changing media in OSM.” And it’s free.

But what in cyberspace does OSM mean? The first page of a Google search for “OSM” produced some possibilities: Open Street Map, Open Services Model, Ontological Sketch Model, Online Soccer Manager, Ottery Sports Centre, Operational Support Manager and Operations Support Management.

A search of Guardian Unlimited produced only one solution. Observer Sports Monthy is regularly so abbreviated.

Nothing seemed to relate to the evolution of digital media which is what we are waiting for next week.

The Guardian’s own style book wisely suggests spelling out less well-known abbreviations on first mention.


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