We would like to thank all visitors of the State of the Map 2009 in Amsterdam for joining us for 3 wonderful days. We are convinced that it has been a huge inspiration for all interested in maps. We hope to see you back soon some other time at a SOTM conference, mapping party or an other OSM gathering.

Group Photo State of the Map 2009 in Amsterdam

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Pro-users day huge success!

The first ever Pro-Users’ Day on the State of the Map has been a huge success. About 200 visitors listened to many map fulled presentations on how businesses, governmental or non-governmental organizations can benefit from OpenStreetMap’s rich dataset. The day ended with the OpenStreetMap Application Challenge. Some remarks about the app challenge found on Twitter:

‘Quick and clean presentation by the OffMaps for iPhone guys.’
‘Good news from GeoCommons. GeoCoder goes OpenSource.’
‘Good presentation by Nulaz, offering custom-tailored LBS services.’
”Layar – augmented reality browser for mobiles – just demoed an app I’ve been wanting for ages’

People from all around world could follow the presentations live on the Internet, via Twitter (#sotm09), Flickr or in some Dutch newspapers.

Get ready for some more State of the Map action tomorrow in the State Room, Map Room and Workshop Rooms. The doors of the conference centre will open around 8.30 am. Expect a full conference centre because we are completely sold out!

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Interview with Maarten Oldenhof, CEO of AND Automotive Navigation Data

For this year’s edition of State of the Map we had a talk with Maarten Oldenhof, Chief Executive Officer of AND Automotive Navigation Data. AND is the only independent mapmaker, has contributed to OpenStreetMap since 2007 and is sponsor of the conference.

Why have you contributed to OpenStreetMap?
As a mapmaker we always want to be at the forefront of new developments. You can wait and see what is happening around you, but that is not what AND is about. We want to be involved with new trends in the world op maps and location and we regard OpenStreetMap as an interesting development that aligns with the views we have on the future, where location based services will be hot.

Can you explain more about your partnership with OpenStreetMap. How are you leveraging the relationship to support AND’s long-term objectives for revenue growth?
AND Automotive Navigation Data has donated digital maps of the Netherlands, India and China to OpenStreetMap in 2007. The Dutch OSM community has added a lot of detail to this map, such as pedestrian areas, cycle paths, POIs, etc. With the donation AND recognized the power of a community, User Generated Content and the Web 2.0 developments. We call this Map 2.0, another example of this is AND Map 2.0 (www.map20.org).

Don’t you see OpenStreetMap as a threat to you business model?

Not at all. We regard it as an important development that adds to our view that knowledge about your whereabouts and all the relevant things in your area is a key trend. That’s why we are enjoying the cooperation with OpenStreetMap and are looking forward to share views with the other participants.

A lot has been said about user generated maps and, a potential shake up of map provision and licenses. What’s your take on the situation, especially in light of OpenStreetMap coming to the fore?
AND Automotive Navigation Data is the only independent mapmaker left over in the market after the takeover of TeleAtlas by TomTom and Navteq by Nokia. AND has profited from these developments by signing a contract with a big US company. With this contract AND proves to be an alternative to the other players in the market for maps for Western Europe.

AND believes in the power of a community and the Web 2.0 developments. In the long run we believe there will be room for all, like Linux next to Windows and Microsoft Office next to Open Office.

How is AND doing this year, in the wake of the global recession?
We are experiencing a great year. In April we announced a large contract with a big American online company for the delivery of digital maps for Western Europe. As a result, AND expects sales to triple and profit to increase five-fold in 2009, compared to 2008. Apart from this contract there are more opportunities for further organic growth, not only by the continuing strong growth of Smartphones, but also by the efforts of other players in the online market who try to capture a position on the mobile internet through location-based services. In the future, almost every mobile electronic device will be fitted with GPS capability, giving huge growth in the use of maps.

How will AND compete with new “live maps” that can be created by companies offering user generated traffic reports such as Waze and Dash Navigation (now owned by RIM)?
For a navigation map you need many navigation attributes. The “live maps” cannot generate all these attributes. In the AND Labs we always look at how we can showcase and produce our maps. We are also looking at automated mapping generation based on GPS tracks, pictures, etc.

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Pro Users’ Day Round-Up

We are only a few days away from the start of the State of the Map 2009.  This is the first year that we have held a day dedicated to the professional uses of OpenStreetMap – the Pro Users’ Day. On Friday 10 July you will learn how your business, governmental or non-governmental organization can benefit from OpenStreetMap’s rich dataset.

You will see high quality renowned GIS industry figures discussing the use of OpenStreetMap in a professional environment.  Expect presentations from Petter Batty, founder of Spatial Networking, Aaron Cope from Flickr, Arie Duindam from Grontmij and OSM founder and mapping visionary, Steve Coast and many others.   Click here for the
schedule for the Pro Users’ Day.

There will also be plenty of time for networking with representatives from companies such as AND, Bliin, Carmenta, CloudMade, the European Commission, Falk, Fugro, Gemeente Amsterdam, Geodan, Geofabrik, Geotate, LogiBall, Navteq, Nutiteq, Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving, PTV, Skobbler, TomTom, Yahoo and many others.

Not registered?
There are only a few days left to register and even fewer tickets left.  Click here to register.

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Venue announced

State Of The Map 2009 will be hosted at CCC (web site in Dutch only, location), a brand new conference facility right in the middle of Amsterdam. Located on the top floor, it provides a wonderful view over the city.

A representative lounge area, wireless network throughout, and very good catering facilities will make for a first class SOTM experience.

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