OpenStreetMap: The Founder's view on democratization of geo data

It's time to get back into the swing of things after the summer lull. To kick it off, we invited Steve Coast, one of the most ambitious mapping enthusiasts to talk about his OpenStreetMap project, its mission, technical challenges, as well as related projects.

For those of you unfamiliar with OSM (http://www.openstreet..., it is the free and open project to map the world in the same way Wikipedia created an encyclopaedia. With over 166,000 (and growing) contributors around the world, OSM's goal is to democratize geo data. In his talk, Steve will go over the basics of the project and highlight the past, present and future of what will be the best map of the planet.

About the author: Steve Coast is the founder of OpenStreetMap, a collaborative map of the world made by people like you. Steve has worked in many heavy lifting computing applications before co-founding a web consultancy firm with Nick Black in 2006. In 2008 it became CloudMade (http://www.cloudmade....) after investment by Sunstone Capital. Using OSM as a mapping source, CloudMade has been working on creating robust API and tools for developers who use geo data in their web and Mobile applications. CloudMade currently has a community of 4,000+ developers and, among its most recent wins, has been adopted by the White House for tracking how well people respond to the President's call on "delivering change across the communities". Refer to http://www.whitehouse... for more info.

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  • Michael S.

    Steve's presentation was engaging and impressive in terms of what CloudMade and OpenStreetMap were able to achieve. I wish more people could have attended.

    October 29, 2009

  • Srinivas B.

    Sorry to miss this very interesting topic for me personally, but can't make it this week due to other meetings...

    September 23, 2009

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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