[OSM-talk] AND donate entire street network of Netherlands to OSM

Steve Coast steve at asklater.com
Wed Jul 4 15:22:42 BST 2007

OSM Founder makes another unilateral decision...


AND donate entire Netherlands to OpenStreetMap
Automotive Navigation Data (AND) is a leading provider of location,  
routing, mapping and address management are donating a street network  
of the entire Netherlands. Yes, an entire country.

This is basically phenomenal.

We’ll have our first country complete from this data, which AND and  
I want to work with the community to import. This is not least  
because fantastic work has already been done in Amsterdam and  
elsewhere by the Digital Pioneers supported openstreetmap netherlands  
community. AND will be at the State of the Map, and you should be  
Here’s the press release:

AND and OpenStreetMap join forces to create digital maps
Rotterdam - AND Automotive Navigation Data has agreed with the  
OpenStreetMap Foundation to donate digital maps of the Netherlands,  
China and India to the OpenStreetMap community. The aim is to create  
the most up-to-date map in the market. With this partnership AND  
recognizes the power of a community and the Web 2.0 developments.

OpenStreetMap gives the community the opportunity to create maps with  
up-to-date geo-data and shows the results immediately. Pure community  
collaboration at its best. “Overall we want to enable users of  
mapping data to also be contributors, from reporting errors to doing  
full surveys.” According to Steve Coast, one of the founders of the  
OpenStreetMap project.

“It is known that a small percentage of a map is not representing  
the present situation. With the help of the community AND aims to  
close this gap and be able to a deliver a map that is 100 %  
correct.” According to Maarten Oldenhof, CEO AND Automotive  
Navigation Data.

According to Wikipedia Web 2.0 refers to “a perceived second  
generation of web-based communities and hosted services - such as  
social-networking sites, wikis and folksonomies - which facilitate  
collaboration and sharing between users.” 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” according to  
Maarten Oldenhof.

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. “We are very happy with the map donation of  
AND. With this additional map data we hope to create a bigger mapping  
community and be able to cover more and more areas” according to  
Steve Coast.

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