Used by organizations such as Eventbrite, Foursquare, Mapbox, The World Bank, Snapchat, HERE Technologies, and Mapillary, Mapzen provides developers with open software and wide-ranging data sets that are customizable and easy to access. Using Mapzen, developers are able to take the open data and build vibrant maps equipped with search and routing services, augment their own libraries and also process data in real-time.
This is something not available from conventional, traditionally proprietary mapping or geotracking services. Launched by mapping industry veterans in 2013 in combination with architects, urban planners, movie makers, and video game developers, Mapzen will continue its mission to provide an open, sustainable and accessible mapping platform.
“Mapzen is excited to join the Linux Foundation and continue our open, collaborative approach to mapping software and data,” said Randy Meech, former CEO of Mapzen and current CEO of StreetCred Labs. “Shared technology can be amazingly powerful, but also complex and challenging. The Linux Foundation knows how to enable collaboration across organizations and has a great reputation for hosting active, thriving software and data projects.”
Mapzen’s services have historically seen upwards of 70,000 registered users. The project portfolio is now operated in the cloud and on-premise by a wide range of organizations. Developers use Mapzen’s open resources and projects to create their own applications or integrate them into other products and platforms. Mapzen’s resources are all open source, so developers are able to build platforms to their liking without the restrictions of data sets put in place by other commercial providers.
“We look forward to extending Mapzen’s impact even further around the globe in areas like transportation and traffic management, entertainment, photography and more to create new value for companies and consumers” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation.
In addition to neutral governance, the Linux Foundation will align resources to advance Mapzen’s mission and grow its ecosystem of users and developers.