Things are moving fast in the mapping community #SOTMPDX


Explore the significant events of 2012 in the world of maps, from Google's charging to OpenStreetMap's rising influence. Exciting times ahead for online mapping

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Things are moving fast in the mapping community #SOTMPDX

While still only three-quarters of the way through the year  2012 will definitely be referenced as an important year for maps. In 2012 Google began charging for maps  ESRI bought up some title="ESRI buy GeoIQ">key geospatial innovators  Amazon launched its own title="Amazon maps">maps API  and everyone knows Apple launched its own maps app. While at the same time  we saw many important online maps providers  including Apple  Craigslist  Wikipedia  and FourSquare  finally make the move to OpenStreetMap.

It seems like the community was just waiting for a moment to come together and reflect on these changes and make more plans for an exciting future. This past weekend some of that energy discharge at the State of the Map conference in Portland. We were proud to both sponsor and present (including the visualization of Madrid OSM edits linked below) at the event and we couldn't be more pleased with how it went.

CartoDB Torque


We heard great presentations on the title="mapnik">future of Mapnik  the work that goes into assembling and designing a global terrain layer  and the developments of OpenPlans  Flickr  FourSquare and many others on work related to OSM data. And although we've been aware and excited about their success for some time now  MapBox used the opportunity to open a community discussion around their recent Knight Foundation grant and plans to build tools to support OSM development. Just following the event we also got news of the Natural Earth v2 release candiate; what an amazing resource for the community!

As avid users of OSM data  we are truely excited by all the progress we see happening. It is always great to get into the same room with all the other fantastic groups and individuals working at the confluence of open data  GIS  and cartography. Our point of view is definitely bias  but we are excited to say the least about the future of mapping online. Not only are we excited by all that is being done around us  but we are also excited to contribute to that future.

CartoDB 2.0 Sneak Peek

Those that made it to our CartoDB + OpenStreetMap presentation (inline below) might have heard some hints of things to come in CartoDB 2.0. One of the most relevant innovations to this discussion is that the CartoDB platform will make it easier than ever to combine and manage OSM baselayers with your projects and data (sneak peek of the basemap selector above). If you thought creating high quality maps and data visualizations in CartoDB was easy before  you are going to be amazed with what you will be able to do in 2.0. Stay tuned  get excited  and speak-up. We'll continue to tap into and contribute to the progress of communities like those that converged at SOTMPDX in order to bring you innovative new tools to make your maps more beautiful  powerful  and easy!