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Service market for open data grows

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Via @cageyjames I saw the announcement that DeCarta is now providing their services using OpenStreetMap data. It’s tremendous to see more service providers building tools and businesses on top of open data.

It’s this transition from primarily ground-swell supported projects into industry supported efforts that makes them sustainabile. Linux went through the same growth as providers like RedHat and Canonical started putting full-time and dedicated resources to ensuring the continual growth and stability of the projects.

This is perhaps very interesting news to CloudMade, since it sits squarely in their market as well – and also Prioleau, the CEO former-CEO and now advisor of CloudMade was formerly a Vice President of Marketing at deCarta.

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CloudMade and DeCarta tiles using OpenStreetMap data

The deCarta tiles show the copyright “CCBYSAODBL”, already including the forthcoming migration to the ODbL terms. There have been many companies that are interested in integrating OpenStreetMap into their products but concerned about the potentially unclear terms or permitted uses of the data that don’t inadvertently expose their proprietary data. Hopefully more moves like deCarta to utilizing OpenStreetMap in commercial products will provide clarity on the benefits and implications to other companies.

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  1. Harald says:

    September 18th, 2009 at 5:13 am (#)

    As deCarta, also our company Mapscape working in the market of in-car and mobile navigation, is currently offering OpenStreetMap data in several map formats. One of them is GDF (Geographic Data Files), which is one of the most used standard exchange formats in the navigation industry.

    We have started offering this data service to our customers, due to requests we have received with respect to feasibility of OSM for in-car navigation purposes. This goes a little bit further then only feasibility for development or map display purposes. Our technical team has dived into issues like addressibility, consistency of deliveries, cutting areas, stitching maps, GDF constraints, a.o. For companies interested, at this moment we can deliver fully navigable maps based on OSM!

    It’s nice to see that there are so many commercial initiatives on top of OSM. I wonder if the guys behind OSM have ever dreamed about this!

  2. Andrew Turner says:

    September 18th, 2009 at 9:07 am (#)

    @Harald – thanks for the additional info.

    It is indeed the exact point of OpenStreetMap to create the free data so that companies, organizations, citizens, and governments can utilize the base information for multiple, specialized, uses.

    I’m interested to hear how deCarta is addressing the ODbL in terms of the changes required to enable navigation. For instance, many highways in the US were missing connectivity and turn restrictions – obviously necessary in national routing. Based on the license of OSM, these modifications will need to be freely shared back out.

    Can’t wait to see the added quality deCarta brings to the data and community.

  3. Kevin says:

    September 22nd, 2009 at 11:01 am (#)

    “There have been many companies that are interested in integrating OpenStreetMap into their products but concerned about the potentially unclear terms or permitted uses of the data that don’t inadvertently expose their proprietary data. ”

    Can you elaborate on that please? What part of the licencing does this refer to? I’d like to understand this better.