Mapzen is an open source mapping lab building and supporting open data and software to promote a healthy mapping ecosystem. Based out of the Samsung Accelerator, we support the geo community through building tools and collaborating on open source mapping projects. We believe that a healthy mapping ecosystem is one that is diverse, sustainable, and accessible to all.
We’re focused on core components of geo platforms, including search, rendering, navigation, and data. We take a radical approach to working on these components—we give them directly to you, for free.
We design things that can be provided as a service, but don’t have to be—tools that developers at any level can easily set up and use themselves. We don’t want to lock users into proprietary platforms, relying on black boxes they can’t take apart. That’s why we work on individual components, modular building blocks that anyone can use for better maps. We build things so you can build things.
Maps are and for centuries have been incredibly powerful tools for shaping how we see the world and how we live in it. Open-source map technologies follow a long tradition of community-powered cartography. Strengthening that community is core to our success, and all of our work begins at that level. Mapzen starts where you are.
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