The Urban Computing Foundation (UCF) has announced plans to host and govern the popular mapping platform Mapzen. Mapzen was originally created in 2013 and became a Linux Foundation project in January 2019.
- Mapzen is a collection of open-source projects focused on the core components of geo platforms, including search, rendering, navigation and data. It gives developers access to open data and tools that can be used to build vibrant maps equipped with real-time services.
- As a UCF project, it will more directly impact and accelerate the widespread adoption of open source urban computing and support the surrounding ecosystem. It joins existing UCF project Kepler.gl, an open source geospatial analysis tool created to build large-scale data sets.
- Mapzen comprises several projects, all licensed under the MIT license, and supported by developers at companies such as Eventbrite, Foursquare, Mapbox, The World Bank, Snapchat, HERE Technologies and Mapillary.
- As a UCF project, collaboration and contribution is expected to flourish among the UCF community, which includes contributors such as Cart, Facebook, Google, HERE Technologies, IBM, Interline, Sidewalk Labs, StreetCred Labs, Uber and UC San Diego.
“Mapzen encompasses a half dozen independent projects and communities, collectively developing a truly open platform for mapping, search, navigation, location, and transit data. Mapzen joining the Urban Computing Foundation represents a great step forward in expanding the ecosystem of open source urban computing software and tools,” said Travis Gorkin, engineering manager of data visualization, Uber.