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AOL Local and OpenStreetMap

AOL Local and OpenStreetMap
AOL's participation in the OpenStreetMap initiative, featuring technical contributions and usage by Patch and MapQuest.
August 14, 2010
David Cole, MapQuest

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  • I came from patch, which was acquired by AOL a year ago
  • Big day today… Developers of this project here at SotM – great talent, know mapping at scale, please talk to them
  • A look at the recent redesign Single-page interface, one-box search
  • 50 million users

SOTM US 2010 AOL Local Participation Presentation Transcript

  • 1. AOL and OSM David Cole MapQuest, Inc. Inc. Delivered at State of the Map U.S. August 14, 2010
  • 2. What is… City’s Best
  • 3.
    • First popular dynamic web application
    • #2 in Online Mapping in the U.S.
    • 50 million unique visitors per month
    • Lack of investment in recent years
    • But that is changing!
    • Recently launched major redesign at http://new.mapquest.com/
  • 4.
    • Hyperlocal news and information site
    • Full-time journalist in each community
    • High quality data collection for business listings
    • Currently live in ~100 towns in US
    • Scaling to hundreds by the end of this year
  • 5.  
  • 6.
    • AOL’s best-of city guide, recently dormant
    • September relaunch in 25 US cities
    • Focus on quality business listing data for cities
    • Tools for users to vote on & share favorite restaurants, bars, etc .
    City’s Best
  • 7. AOL Local and OSM
    • Patch is using already OSM
      • Launched in 2009
      • Available in 100 towns with rapid expansion
    • MapQuest UK launched at SOTM in Girona
      • http://open.mapquest.co.uk/
    • UK Site is first of MQ European sites launch with OSM
  • 8. Patch and OSM
    • Patch is focused on small communities
    • Local editors concerned about missing parks
    • We read “Take Control of Your Maps” by Paul Smith of EveryBlock
    • Created custom map stack
      • Mapnik
      • TileCache
      • OpenLayers
      • a custom style from Stamen Design
      • OSM
    • Our editors and engineers contribute back
  • 9. MapQuest on OSM
    • Launched a beta version of MapQuest UK on OSM in July
    • http://open.mapquest.co.uk
    • MapQuest Germany launch pending, other EU sites next
    • Entirely new technology stack
      • Mapnik
      • TileCache
      • Nominatim
      • MapQuest Routing
      • OSM Data
    • Engaging developers to contribute to open source projects
    • Please use our beta tiles!
    • http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/MapQuest
  • 10.  
  • 11. Why UK, Not US?
    • European data quality is excellent
    • OSM US data needs improvement
    • Addressing
    • Navigation Attributes
    • MapQuest known for accurate directions
    • We have a large, engaged user base across multiple local properties in the US
    • License is acceptable and we had the resources
  • 12. How can AOL help OSM?
  • 13.
    • Reach
      • Potential exposure to 50 million users a month
      • MapQuest and Patch contributing
    • Infrastructure
      • Tiles
      • Map Styles
      • Scalability
    • Tools
      • MapQuest Routing API
      • Improve key components like Mapnik and Nominatim
      • Data Collection contributions are planned
  • 14. We’re Hiring!
    • We need your help & expertise
    • We want to engage and support the open-source mapping community
    • Full-time roles in
    • London
    • New York City
    • Lancaster PA
    • Denver CO
    • Palo Alto CA
    • Contractor positions available elsewhere
  • 15. Questions and Suggestions Contact us: [email_address] David Cole [email_address] 303-486-4015