Steve Coast is founder of OpenStreetMap and Cloud Made and has worked for many years on diverse heavy-lifting computing applications around open systems. Steve interned at Wolfram Research before studying computer science and then physics at UCL. He left early to pursue research and development work at universities and leading web companies prior to founding ZXV – a geo web consultancy in 2006.
Learn to use Mapstraction—the abstraction API for mapping services—from the core developers. Worried that Google might put adverts on their maps? Noticed that Microsoft Virtual Earth has better aerial imagery? Don't get locked in! Use Mapstraction to float above proprietary APIs and switch on the fly to nine different providers including OpenStreetMap.
There is more open geodata in the world today than we have ever seen before. Mapping data from projects like OpenStreetMap or from governments, aerial imagery and points of interest are all available for us to use. We'll look at where open geodata is coming from today, how its being used and how we can open up geodata even more.
Ordnance Survey - Britain's National Mapping Agency - has launched OpenSpace, a mapping API pushing OS's unique cartography in to the hands of geohackers everywhere. Based on OpenLayers and the Ordnance Survey's hundreds of years experience in top-rate data collection and maps, OpenSpace is perhaps the best API for use in the UK.