OpenStreetMap

  • For The Love Of Open Mapping Data

    For The Love Of Open Mapping Data

    It’s been exactly ten years since the launch of OpenStreetMap, the largest crowd-sourced mapping project on the Internet. The project was founded by Steve Coast when he was still a student. It took a few years for the idea of OpenStreetMap to catch on, but today, it’s among the most heavily used sources for mapping data and the project is still going strong, with new and improved… Read More

  • Telenav Buys Skobbler For $24M To Power An OpenStreetMap Challenge To Google Maps

    Telenav Buys Skobbler For $24M To Power An OpenStreetMap Challenge To Google Maps

    Last summer we heard that German startup Skobbler was being courted as an acquisition target, in the wake of Google’s purchase of Waze. Today Skobbler has achieved that exit — albeit not Waze-sized — selling to Telenav, maker of the Scout navigation app, in a deal worth just shy of $24 million. Read More

  • OpenStreetMap Founder Steve Coast Leaves Microsoft For Telenav

    OpenStreetMap Founder Steve Coast Leaves Microsoft For Telenav

    Along with Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap (OSM) is one of the flagship crowdsourcing projects on the Internet, but unless you are watching this space closely, it may come as a surprise that Steve Coast, the founder of OSM, worked at Microsoft for the last three years. Today, in the shadow of Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia, Coast announced that he is moving to Telenav to work on OSM and to… Read More

  • OpenStreetMap To Give Google Maps A Run For Its Money By Launching Its New ‘iD’ Editor

    OpenStreetMap To Give Google Maps A Run For Its Money By Launching Its New ‘iD’ Editor

    Google has become the king of maps because of the technology that it has developed over the past eight years. One competitor, OpenStreetMap, has developed its own tools and built a community of map enthusiasts that now powers services like Hipmunk, Evernote and Foursquare. Today, as promised, the non-profit has released a brand new map editor, code-named “iD,” which was built from… Read More

  • Craigslist Slowly Expands Its Maps To Items For Sale, Starting First With Yard Sales And Flea Markets

    Craigslist Slowly Expands Its Maps To Items For Sale, Starting First With Yard Sales And Flea Markets

    Craigslist has started to add maps to its sales listings, letting people view not just what items are being sold, but where those items are located on a map. Craigslist appears to be starting off with group selling events — garage sales, yard sales and flea markets — in a move that extends a feature Craigslist first introduced in October for apartment rentals. Read More

  • Why You All So Kiasi?

    Why You All So Kiasi?

    Editor’s note: Scott Rafer is CEO of Lumatic, a company that believes Cities are Humanity’s Future so they must be easier to love. Maps are really hard, but the industry aspects are even rougher than the technology. That’s why it’s time for mapping people to quit apologizing and go for the throat. Read More

  • MapBox, A Contributor To OpenStreetMap, Gets $575K From The Knight Foundation

    MapBox, A Contributor To OpenStreetMap, Gets $575K From The Knight Foundation

    While Apple continues to weather very bad press (and embarrassing photographic evidence) over its fumble on Maps in iOS 6, here’s another development in the mapping world, also related to an Apple service. MapBox, which contributes to the open-source OpenStreetMap, used in Apple’s iPhoto service, is getting an injection of cash. Today MapBox announced a grant of $575,000 from… Read More

  • Apple Finally Gives Proper Credit To OpenStreetMap In iPhoto For iOS

    Apple Finally Gives Proper Credit To OpenStreetMap In iPhoto For iOS

    When Apple launched iPhoto for iPhone, it quickly became clear that there was something odd going on with the maps in the application. Even though Apple never talked about this publicly, the data Apple used to render these new maps was clearly not from Google anymore. Instead, most experts agreed, Apple was using a number of different sources to create its new map tiles without giving… Read More

  • Wikipedia’s Mobile Apps Drop Google Maps for OpenStreetMap

    Wikipedia’s Mobile Apps Drop Google Maps for OpenStreetMap

    In the world of online mapping, it feels like things aren’t quite going in Google’s direction these days: Apple switched away from Google Maps to OpenStreetMap when it launched iPhoto for iOS. Foursquare, too, announced a similar switch just a few weeks ago and today, Wikipedia switched to OpenStreetMap in the latest versions of its iOS and Android apps. As our own… Read More

  • Why Google’s Plan To Make Maps Pay For Itself Could Backfire

    Why Google’s Plan To Make Maps Pay For Itself Could Backfire

    Google was once satisfied to have its satellite products, like Maps, drive goodwill among startups and create new exposure to their users. But now we’ve heard Google’s new plan is to make these products self-sufficient. It’s begun charging high-volume users of its Maps APIs. Companies like Foursquare and Apple are balking at the price hike and looking to strategically… Read More

  • Navmii's free iPhone Sat-Nav app crosses the pond to the U.S.

    NavFree, the free Sat-Nav solution for iPhone (and iPad) from Navmii, has seen a U.S. roll out with maps now covering North America. The app, which originally targeted the UK & Republic of Ireland-only, is powered by the ‘do-it-yourself’ OpenStreepMap project – hence its freeness – and offers features such as full turn-by-turn voice guided navigation, off-line… Read More

  • MapQuest Launches OpenStreetMap-Powered Mapping Service In The US

    MapQuest this morning announced the launch of its first U.S. site built on OpenStreetMap data, an information source encouraging consumer contributions. This was to be expected, after online mapping service provider MapQuest (owned by AOL, also the owner of TechCrunch) recently recruited Hurricane Coast to manage its $1 million open-source mapping investment fund in the United States. Read More

  • MapQuest debuts four new OpenStreetMap enhanced mapping sites in Europe

    MapQuest, an AOL subsidiary and until further notice still the No. 2 Internet-mapping service after Google’s, recently debuted a site in the U.K. based on a project called OpenStreetMap, which is dedicated to user-created mapping. Today, the company announced the beta launch of four new European mapping sites built on OpenStreetMap data, in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Read More

  • MapQuest Expands Wikipedia-Style Mapping Project In Europe, Makes Key Hire In The U.S.

    MapQuest, an AOL subsidiary and until further notice still the No. 2 Internet-mapping service after Google’s, recently debuted a site in the U.K. based on a project called OpenStreetMap, which is dedicated to user-created mapping. Today, the company announced the beta launch of four new European mapping sites built on OpenStreetMap data, in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Read More

  • Mapping Earthquake Recovery Projects in Haiti

    Haiti is still struggling to recover from the 7-point magnitude earthquake that struck on January 12th. The natural disaster disrupted everything there, including the systems that keep water clean, garbage away from homes and farm land, and people (let alone habitat and animals) healthy. Despite an outpouring of donations and promises to help from international nonprofits, shelter, food… Read More