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Monday, February 20, 2012

Skobbler Ends Development on Android and other OpenStreetMap News

Skobbler [which uses OSM] has announced its decision to withdraw from the Android Market.

Their free GPS Navigation app has been a big hit on the iOS platform with over 1.5million users worldwide. Skobbler cite the success of Google's free Navigation app on Android as one of the reasons for their decision not to pursue development on that platform.

- Pocket GPS World

- Skobbler Blog

- press release

The New Haven Register ran an article tiled "Mapmaking enthusiast celebrated by Google for contributions." It profiles Map Maker contributor and Yale University librarian, Daniel Mugaburu. Google likes his work so much it made "him an international ambassador of online cartography, flying him around the world to talk about using Google Map Maker technology." I could not read much more so I went directly to the comments where I found what I hoped I'd see:

Chris wrote on Feb 19, 2012 2:25 PM:

" It is fun to contribute to community maps. I prefer to contribute to OpenStreetMap, the Global Wiki map. The big differences from G Maps are that the underlying data is accessible and contributors own their work in OSM - you're working for the community not a closed company map. "
I wonder if folks at Yale will try to have him change teams.
 
via @daleloberger

 

NESTA named OpenStreetMap as #38 of its 50 New Radicals.

In partnership with the Observer, and using an expert panel of judges, we have identified who we think are the people and organisations who are changing Britain for the better; those applying fresh approaches in practical and scalable ways, through social, technological, scientific and artistic methods.

Of course OSM is not really new, nor does it change only Britian, so maybe substituting "the world" for Britain would be more appropriate. Who is NESTA?

NESTA is the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts - an independent body with a mission to make the UK more innovative.

Says the Guaridan on the selection: 

We're going to look back and wonder why we ever had maps any other way.

- via @openstreetmap

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/20 at 05:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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