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Mapping platform joins open source foundation

The Urban Computing Foundation will host and govern Mapzen, which aims to develop a truly open platform for mapping, search, navigation, location and transit data.

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The Foundation wants to expand the adoption of open source urban computing
The Foundation wants to expand the adoption of open source urban computing

The Urban Computing Foundation (UCF), a forum for developers to collaborate on and build a common set of open source tools connecting cities, autonomous vehicles and smart infrastructure, is to host and govern the mapping platform Mapzen.

 

It will enable the Foundation to further expand the ecosystem of open source urban computing software and tools. Contributors to the UCF include Carto, Facebook, Google, Here Technologies, IBM, Interline, Sidewalk Labs, StreetCred Labs, Uber and UC San Diego.

 

Reimagining mapping

 

Mapzen was originally created in 2013 by map industry veterans in combination with architects, urban planners, film-makers, video game developers, artists and more. Its aim is to empower organisations of all sizes to reimagine what’s possible with cartography. It became a Linux Foundation project in January 2019.

 

“Mapzen encompasses a half dozen independent projects and communities, collectively developing a truly open platform for mapping, search, navigation, location and transit data," said Travis Gorkin, Uber data visualisation lead and Urban Computing Foundation TAC contributor.

 

Projects are focused on the core components of geo platforms, including search, rendering, navigation and data. It gives developers access to open data and tools that can be used to build vibrant maps equipped with real-time services.

 

"In challenging times for cities everywhere, we believe that making location software and data open and accessible is important work that can help in large and small ways."

 

Projects are licensed under the MIT licence and supported by developers at companies such as Eventbrite, Foursquare, Mapbox, The World Bank, Snapchat, Here Technologies and Mapillary. They include Transitland, a community-edited data service aggregating transit networks across metropolitan and rural areas around the world.

 

"Mapzen is excited to join the Urban Computing Foundation to continue our work on open source mapping tools alongside other great companies and developers," said Randy Meech, CEO, StreetCred Labs.

 

"In challenging times for cities everywhere, we believe that making location software and data open and accessible is important work that can help in large and small ways."

 

Current Mapzen projects include:

  • Pelias: distributed full-text geographic search engine
  • Tangram: libraries for rendering 2D and 3D maps with WebGL/OpenGL ES and vector tiles
  • Tilezen: libraries to generate vector tiles for global map display
  • Transitland: community-edited data service aggregating transit networks across metropolitan and rural areas around the world
  • Valhalla: global, multi-modal routing engine for turn-by-turn navigation services
  • Who’s on First: gazetteer or big list of places, each with a stable identifier and descriptive properties.

The Urban Computing Foundation was established in 2019 to provide a neutral forum for accelerating open source and community development that improves mobility, safety, road infrastructure, traffic congestion and energy consumption in connected cities. As well as Mapzen, it also hosts the Kepler.gl project, an open source geospatial analysis tool created to build large-scale data sets.

 

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