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May 28, 2024 | Marc Prioleau

Open Map Data as the Backbone for Spatial Data Infrastructure

Earlier this month, almost one thousand people from over 85 countries convened at the Geospatial World Forum (GWF) in Rotterdam for four days of meetings, discussions, and workshops on geospatial policy and practice. One key thread was about Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI), focusing on the challenges of establishing coherent models…

Apr 16, 2024 | Overture Maps

Overture Data is in Beta!

We need your feedback Today, we announced the beta release of our global open map dataset, and we are excited to share it with the mapping community. Our data and schema are in good shape, but we're not done yet. We need your help to make them even better.  We…

Jan 24, 2024 | Marc Prioleau

Looking Forward to 2024

Last December, Overture Maps celebrated its one-year anniversary of this announcement:  It's been a year since AWS, Meta, Microsoft, and TomTom launched the Overture Maps Foundation. We started with the idea to create reliable, easy-to-use, and interoperable open map data as a shared asset that any map service provider or…

Dec 14, 2023 | Overture Maps

Overture Buildings Theme Hits 2.3B Buildings With Addition of Google Open Buildings Data

We are excited to continue growing our Buildings dataset in Overture’s latest release (Overture 2023-12-14-alpha.0). This release includes over 2.3B buildings, up from 1.4B last month, thanks to the addition of the Google Open Buildings data set. Google Open Buildings consists of 2D building footprints derived from high-resolution satellite imagery…

Nov 9, 2023 | Overture Maps

How TomTom turns open data into the Overture transportation layer: Road Sectioning

The content of this piece first appeared on TomTom's Behind the Map Blog, and we are thankful for the opportunity to share it here with their consent. Full acknowledgment goes to Matthew Beedham for authoring the original work. Additional credit goes to Pascal Clarysse and Siavash Shakeri. To explore the…

Oct 19, 2023 | Overture Maps

Enriching Overture Maps Data with GERS

This article was originally published on Esri's ArcGIS Blog. We're grateful for the permission to cross-post it on our platform. All credit to the original author Deane Kensok - ArcGIS Content CTO and publisher. Read the original article here. This week, Overture Maps released its second version of open map…

Sep 15, 2023 | Overture Maps

Building Interoperable Map Data, Adding Unique IDs

The goal of the Overture Maps Foundation is to build interoperable open map data for anyone needing enterprise-quality map data to build map services. To make that happen, the highest quality open geospatial data sources must be conflated, combining data sets from various community, government, and private sources into unified…

Sep 6, 2023 | Overture Maps

Webinar Recap – Working With Overture Data: A Step-by-Step Guide 

Overture Maps recently hosted an informative webinar titled "Working With Overture Data: A Step-by-Step Guide" featuring a core member of the Overture team – Jennings Anderson, Ph.D., Research Scientist at Meta. The webinar covered Overture's initial data release which came out in late July, the decision to adopt the cloud-native…

Jul 6, 2023 | Marc Prioleau

Overture Maps Foundation at the 2023 Esri User Conference – Public-Private Partners for Open Map Data Development

Next week, I am headed to the Esri User Conference in San Diego. I am looking forward to talking about Overture Maps and how the project can support open mapping initiatives from national, state, and local GIS agencies.    As a member of  Overture Maps Foundation, Esri has been a great…

Jun 15, 2023 | Overture Maps

Overture Maps Previews Data Schema and Reference System

The Overture Maps team previewed two important documents today:  the Overture Data Schema that outlines how the open map data will be structured and the Overture Global Entity Reference System, a stable ID system that will allow users to easily join additional data types to the map data.  Overture's mission is to…

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