“We are excited to be launching four more sites today which marry the MapQuest brand with the OSM community,” said Antony Pegg, Product Manager, MapQuest. “We have been focused on bringing awareness to the power of OSM, while also encouraging the overall growth of the movement through the creation of services like the MapQuest Open Directions Service, and involvement in global community projects like Map Kibera.”
$1 million open-source mapping investment fund
MapQuest also announced today the hire of Hurricane Coast to manage the $1 million open-source mapping investment fund that was announced in July (read here).
As Program Manager, Hurricane’s responsibilities will include the management of the mapping investment fund as a way to support local open-source mapping initiatives. In her role, Hurricane will also work to encourage U.S. communities to participate in a living map. Hurricane has been involved with OSM since 2008. She’s been a member of the State of the Map organizing committee for three years, has conducted presentations on OSM to several technical communities and at major conferences, and has led mapping events in nine states across the country.