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Microsoft donates imagery to OpenStreetMap

2010-11-23 21:25:35.447821+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Steve Coast: I’m working at Microsoft and we’re donating imagery to OpenStreetMap!:

Of course, this doesn't mean Microsoft 'owns' OpenStreetMap any more than CloudMade or MapQuest do with the significant resources those firms have put in to making a better map with OSM. OSM continues to be independent as it always will be, and I will continue in my roles to push the OSM cause forward. ...

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#Comment Re: made: 2010-11-25 06:02:27.62121+00 by: ebradway

What's really significant is how MapQuest and Microsoft are exploring OSM... this is likely a response or similar action to Google dropping TeleAtlas for it's own database. For me, it indicates another shift in consciousness about how maps are made. I just read Generation Why which draws together ideas from the Social Network movie (actually a critique of the movie based on the author's personal knowledge of Zuckerberg's motivations) and Jaron Lanier's new book You are not a gadget.

What has been called "Neogeography" is really how Smith's People 2.0 map their world. It's not based on authority or tradition. It's based on local knowledge and direct contribution. Microsoft's hiring Steve says they are interested, at least, in exploring this idea.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-11-24 20:26:29.849021+00 by: Dan Lyke

Not being into "the scene" and the personalities, yeah, I keyed on the data flow rather than the people flow.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-11-24 05:41:00.393636+00 by: ebradway

It's interesting that you keyed in on Microsoft donating imagery rather than Steve taking a position at Microsoft. Steve recently left CloudMade - the VC funded startup he created focusing on developing OSM related products. He's very much the budding serial entrepreneur. I expected him to launch some new idea. Not to mention that his wife just started working for MapQuest...