Facebook (company)

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For tagging Facebook links see facebook=* and contact:facebook=*.

For OpenStreetMap groups on the Facebook social network, see List of OSM centric Facebook accounts.

Facebook is a large US social media technology company.

Usage of OSM Data

Facebook has been using OpenStreetMap data in its maps around the world since Spring 2018, as announced at State of the Map 2018[1]. Further updates were announced at State of the Map 2019[2]

Map editing contributions

Initially Facebook started importing computer vision data in Egypt without telling anyone, or following the Automated Edits code of conduct or import guidelines. The data was of such poor quality that it was entirely reverted.[3]

Facebook has been contributing to OSM via AI-Assisted Road Tracing and Kerala Road Import. Their current project is Map with AI.

Facebook have a github page for this project: Blacktocat.svg Facebook OSM Data Team

This project has been featured in the media:

Daylight Map Distribution

Facebook provides periodic OSM data snapshots that include all of Facebook's fixes for vandalism and known errors in the OSM database, called the Daylight Map Distribution

Current releases can be found at https://daylightmap.org/

Typically, a diary will be included to go over the latest changes such as https://daylightmap.org/2020/09/25/daylight-v04-released.html

Software contributions

Facebook has developed RapiD, based on iD, for easily using the computer vision results. The computer vision software is propriatary and not released. Facebook acquired Mapillary in June 2020.

Financial contributions

Facebook is a gold-level Corporate Member of the Foundation[4]

Facebook has sponsored various OSM events:

Year Event Sponsorship level
2018 State of the Map 2018 Gold
State of the Map Asia 2018 Gold [5]
State of the Map US 2018 Gold[6]
2017 State of the Map 2017 Silver[7]
State of the Map US 2017 Gold[8]
HOT Summit 2017 N/A[9]
2016 State of the Map 2016 Bronze[10]
State of the Map US 2016 Bronze[11]
2015 State of the Map US 2015 Bronze[12]

References