FLOSS Weekly 81
Guest: Steve Coast
Guests: Steve Coast
Recorded: August 5, 2009
Published: August 8th, 2009
FLOSS Weekly 81: OpenStreetMap.org
OpenStreetMap.org, the provider of free and royalty-free geographic data.
Steve Coast for OpenStreetMap
Steve Coast is 28, British but lives in San Francisco. He founded OpenStreetMap 5 years ago after becoming frustrated with existing maps. He has a fairly deep open source background, uses Linux etc. He co-founded a company, CloudMade, which is a bit like RedHat in that it provides services around OpenStreetMap, in the same way that RedHat provides services around Linux.
Locations mentioned in the show
- San Francisco, where Steve called in from
- Petaluma, where Leo and the Twit Cottage are located
- Portland, where Randal is located
- Netherlands, whose government mapping agency donated all their map data to OpenStreetMaps
- Cyprus, mentioned by Steve as a location with contention about naming
- Sub-Saharan Africa, Bagdad and Tehran, were given as examples of locations where commercial map data is not great
- Havana, which Steve mentions as a place that he was surprised about how well mapped it was
- Leo notes the well mapped cemetery in the middle of Havana
- University College, London, Steve's alma mater and where the OpenStreetMap servers are hosted
- Amsterdam where State of the Map 2009 was held
- Toronto, location which Leo looked at. Steve mentioned that Richrd Weait was as important organizer in getting this city mapped
- OpenStreetMap Wiki
- TeleAtlas, commercial map provider
- Navteq, commercial map provider
Questions from the audience
what was the open street view that was mentioned?
- From memory, and I'm not sure, but I think it's either openstreetview.org.uk, or topo.geofabrik.de - however the second one doesn't seem to be working at the moment. Anyone who knows better please correct my links! --Leigh 17:36, 12 August 2009 (PDT)
Can anyone tell me what was the open API mentioned that plugs into both Google and Yahoo maps?
- Recorded Date: August 5, 2009
- Release Date: August 8, 2009
- Duration: 56:35
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- Edited by: Tony