The OpenStreetMap Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free geospatial data and to providing geospatial data for anybody to use and share. "Overall we want to enable users of mapping data to also be contributors, from reporting errors to doing full surveys." said Steve Coast, one of the founders of the OpenStreetMap project.
“AND is busy today with the process of bringing maps online with the possibility of online user generated updating. We think Web 2.0 will be the ultimate tool for map updates. With this partnership we work with the people that have a keen insight into how a community works around maps" said Maarten Oldenhof, CEO at AND.
Initially, AND will make its street level data of the Netherlands and the major road networks of China and India available to the OpenStreetMap community. AND is particularly interested in this kind of user generated update because - unlike TeleAtlas and Navteq - the company does not use teams of geographers validating digital maps on the ground. Read our recent interview with Maarten Oldenhof on this topic.
This agreement is another step in the direction shown by the MapShare technology launched recently by TomTom and consisting in enabling users of navigation solutions to update maps directly on their devices and share these updates with the community of other users.