Steve Coast – the founder of OpenStreetMap, who is currently working at Telenav, decided to make a present for himself and for the whole community for the 10th anniversary of the launch of OSM project. He launched a kickstarter campaign were just got funded to write a book about OpenStreetMap. Steve says:
I’ve been noodling a long time about how to structure and write a book about OSM. I never wanted to write a book about how to use the project, there are many now available of those in any case. I’m more interested in the stories and the people. How the project got going, the twists and turns, the ‘ah-ha’ moments and so on.
Steve says that the book will be split roughly as 25% history and 75% interviews with key people through the projects history. He was trying to raise $5000. There are still 6 days to go and he’s already got almost $8000 from 170 people. Nice!
OpenStreetMap was started ten years ago in London by Stave, and ince then it’s exploded in to a global powerhouse of mapping data, approaching two million registered accounts. It is often called Wikipedia of mapping, due to the fact that it’s created by people from around the world who use phones, laptops, GPS devices and cameras to capture geospatial data and place it on a map.