AOL and OSM David Cole MapQuest, Inc. Inc. Delivered at  State of the Map U.S. August 14, 2010
What is… City’s  Best
<ul><li>First popular dynamic web application </li></ul><ul><li>#2 in Online Mapping in the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>50 mill...
<ul><li>Hyperlocal  news and information site </li></ul><ul><li>Full-time journalist in each community </li></ul><ul><li>H...
 
<ul><li>AOL’s best-of city guide, recently dormant </li></ul><ul><li>September relaunch in 25 US cities </li></ul><ul><li>...
AOL Local and OSM <ul><li>Patch is using already OSM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Launched in 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ava...
Patch and OSM <ul><li>Patch  is focused on small communities </li></ul><ul><li>Local editors concerned about missing parks...
MapQuest on OSM <ul><li>Launched a beta version of MapQuest UK on OSM in July </li></ul><ul><li>http://open.mapquest.co.uk...
 
Why UK, Not US? <ul><li>European data quality is excellent </li></ul><ul><li>OSM US data needs improvement </li></ul><ul><...
How can AOL help OSM?
<ul><li>Reach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential exposure to 50 million users a month </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MapQuest and...
We’re Hiring! <ul><li>We need your help & expertise </li></ul><ul><li>We want to engage and support the open-source mappin...
Questions and Suggestions Contact us:  [email_address] David Cole [email_address] 303-486-4015
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SOTM US 2010 AOL Local Participation

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

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

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