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Presentation delivered at State of the Map conference in Girona, Spain on July 9, 2010.

Presentation delivered at State of the Map conference in Girona, Spain on July 9, 2010.

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  • Intro – randy meech, head of engineering aol local & mappingAOL local made up of three properties
  • I came from patch, which was acquired by AOL a year ago
  • A look at the recent redesignSingle-page interface, one-box search
  • PATCH MAPSAOL is fully behind OSMHas taken lessons learned on Patch, applied them with expertise to our major mapping property
  • Big day today…Developers of this project here at SotM – great talent, know mapping at scale, please talk to them
  • 50 million users


  • 1. OSM from Patch to Mapquest
    Randy Meech
    Head of Engineering, AOL Local & Mapping
    randy@patch.com / @randyme
  • 2. Hyperlocal news and information site
    Full-time journalist in each community
    High quality data collection process for business listings
    Currently live in 83 towns in US
    Scaling to hundreds by the end of this year
  • 3.
  • 4. Storied mapping site: the first dynamic web application many people used
    49.1 million unique visitors per month
    Lack of investment in recent years – changing!
    Recently launched major redesign athttp://new.mapquest.com/
    Big announcement today…
  • 5.
  • 6. AOL’s best-of city guide, recently dormant
    September relaunch in 25 US cities
    Similar to Patch: focus on high-quality business listing data for cities
    Tools for users to vote on and share favorite restaurants, bars, etc.
    City’s Best
  • 7. Okay AOL, what about 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
    Set up our own map stack with Mapnik, a custom style from Stamen Design, TileCache, OpenLayers, and OSM
    Our editors and engineers contribute back
  • 8.
  • 9. Mapquest on OSM!
    Launching a beta version of Mapquest on OSM
    UK site first: http://open.mapquest.co.uk/
    Other European domains to follow
    Entirely new stack: Mapnik, TileCache, Nominatim, OSM
    Paying developers to contribute back to open source projects
    Web Mercator projection
    Please use our tiles (beta)
  • 10. Why UK, Not US?
    US navigability needs improvement
    Mapquest known for accurate directions
    The UK & Germany ahead in quality
    We have a large, engaged user base across multiple local properties in the US
    Fine with the license, we have resources…
  • 11. AOL’s Investment in OSM
    Establishes $1MM internal OpenStreetMap Fund to improve data over next year
    Will use resources from MapQuest and Patch to engage audiences to contribute
    Contact the team at open@mapquest.com with questions or comments
  • 12. We’re Hiring!
    We need your help & expertise
    We want to engage and support the open-source mapping community
    Full-time roles in London, NYC, Lancaster PA, Denver CO, and the SF Bay Area
    Contractor positions available elsewhere if you work on an open source project that we use
    Contact us: open@mapquest.com
  • 13. Questions?