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Mapbox (mapbox.com) offers commercial mapping services. Many of them use OpenStreetMap data and involve large open-source efforts. Mapbox is a main contributor to the Mapnik renderer project, it helped create the new web editor iD and it created Tilemill, the software used to design the OpenStreetMap map style. Mapbox employs a data team actively improving the map.

Tools and products

OSM Tools

  • OSM QA Tiles Daily OpenStreetMap planet dump as vector tiles. Available as a country and historical extracts
  • OSM Comments Find un-replied changeset comments and notes of a user
  • OSMCha A custom instance of OSM Changeset Analyzer to find and query changesets by certain properties
  • OSM Diary A live feed of the latest diary posts from the data team at Mapbox
  • OSM navigation map A map to explore Mapillary images to add navigation data to OSM like turn restrictions and oneways. Deprecated.

OSM Changesets

  • OSM changeset map Visualize a changeset on an interactive GL map like achavi
  • Machine learning to detect bad changesets using gabbar
  • Full geometry details for all involved objects in a changeset (Note as at August 2018 this service appears to have stopped updating)
    • New changesets are pushed to https://s3.amazonaws.com/mapbox/real-changesets/production/<changeset-id>.json

OSM-Wikidata Tools

Geospatial Tools

  • turfjs Modular geospatial analytical engine using JavaScript
  • minjur Convert .osm data to .geojson
  • tippecanoe Convert .geojson data to .mbtiles vector tiles
  • tile-reduce Run analysis on vector tiles at scale using JavaScript
  • osmlint Validate OSM data using tile-reduce
  • osm-compare Compare two versions of an OSM feature

Other Resources

Mapping Guides

Maps

They also provide various tilesets that can be used by customers:

  • Mapbox Streets - a general-purpose tileset
  • Mapbox Outdoors - an outdoor focused tileset with trails and high-resolution terrain data
  • OSM Bright - a starter style for creating your own OpenStreetMap design
  • Terrain-RGB Tiles - Raster tiles encoded with height data in RGB channels

External Links

Mapbox Data Team

The Mapbox Data Team continuously improves OpenStreetMap by fixing errors and adding data using open data sources. All active mapping tasks are ticketed and documented in our mapping repository.

Current mapping projects

  • Fixing data from customer feedback.
  • Fixing data from internal validation process (see this SotM presentation) for an overview.

Current Data Team members

Here are the OpenStreetMap user accounts on the Mapbox data team. For any questions, please get in touch with the team member listed or Maning Sambale or Arun Ganesh. These are only the usernames of people systematically updating OpenStreetMap as part of their job at Mapbox. There are many other Mapbox team members mapping on OpenStreetMap as a hobby - they are not listed here. The list of data team OSM user accounts is also maintained as an npm module.

Name OSM Username
Andrey Golovin andygol
Maning Sambale manings
Bryan Housel bhousel
Paige Moody pmoody
Dana Barodze danabarodze
Darya Karalionak korolenok
Viktar Dabryian Viki_travel_weak
Natallia Hancharyk Наташа Гончарик
Volha Koval Olla_Ko
Tatsiana Koval Takogin
Uladzislau Kanapliou Vladislav Konoplev
Dzmitry Spynu back_spin
Andrei Sapsaliou abrek_obama
Ivan Sasunkevich YaStratospheric
Anton Volkau dirtyidol
Marharyta Tachyla rittoch
Artsiom Dzedyshka Tema_Ded
Nastassia Karkotskaya assalea
Kristina Karantsevich Christopher-0118
Aliaksandra Budylina Alex-a
Hanna Kulikova annakulikowa
Yauheni Damantsevich userd433fc
Alesia Lahunouskaya alice-hawthorne
Artem Vlasovets artem95vlasovets
Pilip Sushkevich Velox
Nina Litvinka nina_litvinka
Valeryia Bichan interwooven
Artsiom Putsiata pzzvz
Yauheniya Zhytomirskaya evgeniyazhitomirskaya
Ina Sumskaya InnaSumskaya
Kseniya Nekrasava Kseniya_Nekrasava
Anton Markau Anton Markau
Maryia Brutskaya brutskmaria
Sergei Kisel ennui3000

Team members active in OpenStreetMap

These are the user accounts of team members who are not a part of the data teams but are active in OpenStreetMap and projects related to the same.

Name OSM Username
Mikel Maron mikelmaron
Nicholas Ingalls ingalls
Tom Lee Tom Lee
Alex Barth lxbarth
Arun Ganesh PlaneMad
Minh Nguyen Minh Nguyen
Ian Villeda ian29
Lukas Martinelli lukasmartinelli
AJ Ashton ajashton
Daniel Patterson mapboxdan
Shiv Ramachandran shvrm
Kushan Joshi kepta
Pratik Yadav pratikyadav
Eliane Joyo samely
Aarthy Chandrasekhar aarthy
Oindrila Gupta oini
Manohar Erikipati manoharuss
Bharata Srinivasa BharataHS
Amisha Singla Amisha Singla
Marena Brikhurst marenab

Previous Team Members

Here is the list of previous data team members who currently are not a part of Mapbox.

Data Team Guidelines

In addition to the rules that apply to everyone in the community, here are the guidelines the Mapbox team reiterates and adds for themselves:

  1. We listen to the community. We are looking for your feedback on how to make a better map. Get any time in touch with any of our team members. For general feedback message Maning Sambale or Arun Ganesh
  2. Quality is paramount. We hold ourselves to the highest mapping standards as documented on the OpenStreetMap Wiki or as established as common practice in the community.
  3. Local knowledge first. Where in any doubt, the locally surveyed information prevails over remote updates.
  4. We disclose all ongoing mapping efforts on the Mapbox mapping repository.
  5. All full-time data team members will be listed here on this OpenStreetMap Wiki page and identified on their user profiles.
  6. Where possible we use public tools for coordinating work, allowing anyone in the community to participate.

Related posts

Consultancies working on Mapbox projects

Mapbox sometimes works with consultancies on a short-term basis for certain projects. We ensure they abide by the OpenStreetMap guidelines for mapping that our team follows. Here is the list of consultancies and the projects associated with them.

Name of the consultancy Projects they are working on Status (Active/Paused/Completed)
GIS-UA 1. Mapping service roads in parking lots

2. Mapping turn restrictions

Paused

Feedback

Please send any general feedback on Mapbox's work on OpenStreetMap to Maning Sambale or Arun Ganesh