Anti-semitic vandalism has turned New York City into “Jewtropolis” on a number of online platforms, including Snapchat, CitiBike, and StreetEasy. The problem appears to stem from the mapping software that the platforms are using, called Mapbox, which pulls data from OpenStreetMap.
Ever since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, a grassroots network of volunteers has been helping the island get back on its feet in an unexpected way. They’re using satellite images to create digital maps of buildings and roads that relief workers with FEMA and the Red Cross are using to reach those in need.
PHILADELPHIA—In a brightly-lit seminar room above a gym at the University of Pennsylvania, Girmaye Misgna stands in front of a large digital display, pointing to a bird’s eye view of a house nestled among the trees. The two dozen volunteers packed around the long white table watch attentively, their own laptop…
OpenStreetMap is an amazing, free, open-source alternative to the other mapping tools on the Internet. And now, it just got a whole lot better: it now offers A-to-B directions, directly from its homepage.
A decade ago, OpenStreetMap launched as a free, open-source alternative to the other mapping tools you may encounter on the internet. Turns out that the collaborative experiment worked exceptionally well, and thanks to a new site, you can see for yourself how the Wikipedia of mapping has covered the whole planet.
Satellite images of cities at night look wonderful—until you zoom in and realize that they're a big, blurry mess. These gorgeous city images, made by Marc Khachfe, solve that problem—because they're actually computer generated from OpenStreetMap data.
Every time I tell someone about OpenStreetMap, they inevitably ask "Why not use Google Maps?". From a practical standpoint, it's a reasonable question, but ultimately this is not just a matter of practicality, but of what kind of society we want to live in. I discussed this topic in a 2008 talk on OpenStreetMap I gave…
OpenStreetMap, the free wiki world map, is a wonderful little project that has become hugely successful. Now, the team behind it has released a report which explains how it's changed over the last eight years—and some of the results are damn pretty.
Google Maps is mighty useful, but not everybody's a fan—including Apple, who seem to be ditching it. But OpenStreetMap isn't the nicest looking thing, and let's not discuss Bing. This new OpenStreetMap skin, however, is hands down the best looking digital map I've ever seen.
The main issue with AndNav2 is availability, as their site lists versions for Germany, France, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Ireland, but not the US. This could be an exclusion based on insufficient mapping data for the country, but in any case there's no reason that you couldn't…