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Overture Maps Foundation releases first world-wide open map dataset
The Overture Maps Foundation (OMF), a collaborative effort to enable current and next-generation interoperable open map products, announced the release of its first open map dataset.
The release includes four unique data layers: Places of Interest (POIs), Buildings, Transportation Network, and Administrative Boundaries.
These layers, which combine various sources of open map data, have been validated and conflated through a series of quality checks, and are released in the Overture Maps data schema which was released publicly in June 2023.
The Places dataset includes data on over 59 million places worldwide and will be a foundational element of navigation, local search and many other location-based applications.
Founded in December 2022 by Amazon Web Services (AWS), Meta, Microsoft, and TomTom, Overture today includes more than a dozen mapping, geospatial and technology companies, including new members ESRI, Cyient, InfraMappa, Nomoko, Precisely, PTV Group, SafeGraph, Sanborn, and Sparkgeo. The collaboration is based on the premise that map data needs to be a shared asset to support future applications. As the requirements for accuracy, recency and attribution in maps have grown to meet user needs, the costs and complexities of collecting and maintaining global map data have grown beyond the capability of any single organization.