Telenav launches crowd-sourced OpenStreetMap on Scout’s HTML5 browser-based GPS navigation service
Sunnyvale, California — Sept. 3, 2013 — Telenav®, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNAV), the leader in personalized navigation, today announced that Steve Coast, founder of OpenStreetMap (OSM), has joined the company to lead its crowd-sourced mapping initiatives for Scout GPS navigation services.
Founded in London in 2004, OSM is a collaborative project to create a free, editable map of the world. The OSM community has doubled year over year to more than 1.3 million editors, with representation for every country around the world (196 countries). Its crowd-sourced model publishes edits every minute, resulting in maps that are often more detailed and more up to date than commercially licensed content.
Q: What is OpenStreetMap?
A: OSM is a free, crowd-sourced map of the world that allows people to view, edit, and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere in the world. Maps can be viewed and edited at www.openstreetmap.org.
Q: How large is the OSM community? How many editors are there?
A: The community has consistently doubled year over year and currently has more than 1.3 million contributors in every country around the world (196 countries). A testament to the power of the OSM community is that during the 2010 earthquake, the OSM community was able to map the streets of Haiti in two days giving relief workers a reliable source of information to navigate the country.
Q: Who are these editors? Where are they based and what is their motivation for getting involved? Do they get paid?
A: They are people just like you and me— all around the world who contribute freely like people who contribute to Wikipedia. They want to give back to the community to make maps better, and they find editing to be fun and addictive. They are not paid for their contribution.
Q: How often are edits made? How can you ensure the updates are correct?
A: OSM’s crowd-sourced model publishes community edits to the map database every minute. You can see real time view of edits around the globe by clicking here. Like Wikipedia, the community monitors changes for accuracy.