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Mapzen builds open-source mapping tools
« on: 30 September 2016, 15:39:13 »
Mapzen ceased all operations and turned off its hosted APIs and all related support and services on February 1, 2018.

"Your two options are to switch to another hosted API that offers similar functionality, or to run your own servers with the open-source projects that powered Mapzen services." They provided very full advice and instructions for migration.  See also this post.

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Mapzen is an open-source mapping lab that builds open-source mapping tools and collaborates on open geodata initiatives.

They have
"We're focused on core components of geo platforms, including search, rendering, navigation, and data. We take a radical approach to working on these components—we build them all in the open. We build these things and provide them as a service, but these are tools that developers at any level can easily set up and use themselves, for free. We don’t want to lock users into proprietary platforms, relying on black boxes they can’t take apart. That’s why we work on individual components, modular building blocks that anyone can use for better maps. We build things so you can build things."

Their approach might fit very well into what we want to do, being open and collaborative. AS an example of their approach see this description of the development of Mapzen Search - as an R&D open-source geocoder became a commercial service, now handling millions of requests. ("A geocoder is a magic tool that can translate textual addresses into lat/lon pairs and vice-versa. It also understands venues and names of cities, regions, and countries.")

Mapzen charges for usage, but they have a generous free tier.

Mapzen do other interesting things, such as:
« Last Edit: 17 May 2018, 06:49:28 by PeterC »