Steve Coast: Anything for the love of open mapping data


From cycling around the streets of London with a GPS dongle to throwing mapping parties, Steve Coast did it all for his love of open mapping data. Inspired by the success of Wikipedia, Coast founded OpenStreetMap in 2004 when he was still a student. Initially, it took a few years for the idea of an open map to catch on. But today, OpenStreetMap is considered a prominent example of volunteered geographic information. It is among the most heavily used sources for mapping data with about 2 million registered users and is the de-facto map for large chunks of the world. The project is still going strong, with new and improved data added to it every day by anybody who sees the value in an open map project. Since leaving his full-time engagement with OSM, Coast has been busy advising a host of companies and evangelizing on mapping and navigation technologies