CloudMade (cloudmade.com) provides a platform for software developers to build geo-enabled applications. The company provides a range of of web services, mobile and desktop libraries that let developers build powerful geo applications quickly and easily. CloudMade makes extensive use of OpenStreetMap data to provide mapping services. The company has a strong belief that OpenStreetMap can benefit enormously from commercial involvement and that a strong OpenStreetMap community is needed to ensure the health of the project.
CloudMade was founded in 2007 by OSM founder Steve Coast and long-term OSM contributer, Nick Black. Both Nick and Steve sit on CloudMade's Board of Directors. There is more information on key staff below. In January 2011 the company OneStepAhead was acquired as 'Cloudmade Deutschland GmbH' . However CloudMade Deutschland GmbH seems to be shutdown as the Android App Navdroyd has not been updated since mid-2012.
Products and Services
- iPhone Maps Library - Is a set of iPhone libraries that allow developers to create iPhone applications that include maps, geocoding and routing, powered by CloudMade, based on OpenStreetMap data.
- Style Editor - Is a unique web based application that lets you completely customise the styling of maps. Using the style editor you can change the colour, size, thickness and visibility of features on maps as well as add and remove points of interest. Once the map has been created it can used via CloudMade's other APIs.
- Tile hosting - goes hand-in-hand with the above. Whether you're using on of the standard set of in-house styles, your own custom style, or somebody else's custom style, you can point a web map library (such as Leaflet mentioned above), or an iPhone map library, at CloudMade tile servers. Your end users generate tile request traffic hitting CloudMade's servers. Used to be free, but will soon require payment. All free customers need to pay for enterprise plans by May 1st 2014, or be disconnected.
- Routing Server - Provides point-to-point routing, based on OSM data through a simple HTTP API - at one time it was the only routing service based on OSM which respected turn restrictions.
- There is also an extensive set of open source apis that let developers get started using any of CloudMade's web services in Ruby, Python, Perl, Java and J2ME.
Contributions to OSM
Everyone at CloudMade actively participates in OSM in one way or another. Some contributions have included:
- API v0.6 work - Members of the CloudMade Engineering team, Andy Allan, Matt Amos, Shaun McDonald and Harry Wood worked as part of the OpenStreetMap dev team to deliver the new OSM API.
- The NoNames Layer on the front page () is a rendering of OSM data that highlights un-named streets. The concept came from Dave Stubbs and was developed by Andy Allan for CloudMade, who hosted it. This has been dropped from the OSM home page due to very few unnamed roads, and update issues.
- Mapzen was a Flex based editor being developed by CloudMade for OpenStreetMap. The editor is open source (GPL v2.0) and makes use of OAuth so it can be deployed on any website, paving the way for specialised editors (like cycle editors) in the future.
- CloudMade makes extensive use of the Mapnik rendering library that OSM use. Work is lead by Oleg and Andrii and the team have contributed various fixes back to the Mapnik source.
Up until 2009 Cloudmade employed a team "Mapping Ambassadors" who attempted to kickstart the mapping community in the U.S. by traveling around running mapping events. This presumably helped, but it's not clear to what extent. The U.S. mapping community has struggled to get going at that time, perhaps due to the overwhelming TIGER fixup task.
At the same time a team of people in London worked on more technical aspects but also were very involved in running the 2008 London Mapping Marathon & 2009 Mapping Party Marathon, leading to improvements in the state of the London Map. There continues to be a lively London OSM community with some of the same people involved, but they are no longer with CloudMade.
- In March 2009 CloudMade donated €10,000 as a platinum sponser for State of the Map.
- In April 2009 CloudMade donated £2,000 to the OpenStreetMap Hardware Fund.
CloudMade no longer list their team members on their website, only some of the directors. In addition to these, there are a team of Ukrainian developers who work for CloudMade and other projects.