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

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