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Urban Computing Foundation to Host the Mapzen Project

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The open source mapping platform used by more than 70,000 developers will help city planners to accelerate urban computing services 

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 7, 2020 – The Urban Computing Foundation (UCF), a forum for developers to collaborate on and build a common set of open source tools connecting cities, autonomous vehicles and smart infrastructure, today announced the popular mapping platform Mapzen will be hosted and governed by UCF. 

Mapzen was originally created in 2013 and became a Linux Foundation project in January 2019. As a UCF project, it will more directly impact and accelerate the widespread adoption of open source urban computing and support the surrounding ecosystem. It joins existing UCF project, an open source geospatial analysis tool created to build large-scale data sets. 

“We are extremely excited to welcome the Mapzen family of projects to the Urban Computing Foundation. Mapzen encompasses a half dozen independent projects and communities, collectively developing a truly open platform for mapping, search, navigation, location, and transit data.  Mapzen joining the Urban Computing Foundation represents a great step forward in expanding the ecosystem of open source urban computing software and tools,” said Travis Gorkin, Uber Data Visualization Lead and Urban Computing Foundation TAC contributor.

Mapzen is a collection of open-source projects focused on the core components of geo platforms, including search, rendering, navigation and data. It gives developers access to open data and tools that can be used to build vibrant maps equipped with real-time services. 

“Mapzen is excited to join the Urban Computing Foundation to continue our work on open-source mapping tools alongside other great companies and developers,” said Randy Meech, CEO, StreetCred Labs. “In challenging times for cities everywhere, we believe that making location software and data open and accessible is important work that can help in large and small ways.”

Mapzen comprises several projects, all licensed under the MIT license, and supported by developers at companies such as Eventbrite, Foursquare, Mapbox, The World Bank, Snapchat, HERE Technologies and Mapillary. As a UCF project, collaboration and contribution is expected to flourish among the UCF community, which includes contributors such as Carto, Facebook, Google, HERE Technologies, IBM, Interline, Sidewalk Labs, StreetCred Labs, Uber and UC San Diego. 

  • Pelias: distributed full-text geographic search engine
  • Tangram: libraries for rendering 2D & 3D maps with WebGL/OpenGL ES & vector tiles
  • Tilezen: libraries to generate vector tiles for global map display
  • Transitland: community edited data service aggregating transit networks across metropolitan and rural areas around the world
  • Valhalla: global, multi-modal routing engine for turn-by-turn navigation services
  • Who’s on First: gazetteer or big list of places, each with a stable identifier and descriptive properties

“Under the Mapzen umbrella, Interline has been proud to work together with many organizations and individuals to build a comprehensive stack of open-source software and data for geographic applications. We look forward to further expanding the collaboration with the Urban Computing Foundation, especially for transportation and mobility applications in cities around the world,” said Drew Dara-Abrams, previously Head of Mobility Products at Mapzen, currently Principal at Interline Technologies. 

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About the Urban Computing Foundation

The Urban Computing Foundation was established in 2019 to provide a neutral form for accelerating open source and community development that improves mobility, safety, road infrastructure, traffic congestion and energy consumption in connected cities. It hosts and Mapzen. For more information, please visit:

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