December 11, 2014
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CloudMade, a geospatial services provider that utilizes the open source map data from OpenStreetMap (OSM) (our OpenStreetMap API Profile), recently released a new CloudMade Platform that includes access to various mapping tools and APIs for geo developers including Geocoding and Geosearch, Location Management,Map Tiles, Routing, and Vector tiles (alpha). CloudMade says that the combination of the rapidly growing community sourced mapping data of OSM and their new APIs are the future of mapping.
With roughly one-third of our entire mashup directory composed of mapping mashups, we've come to expect a lot if a site plans to use a map. That said, we're still big fans of maps and are always excited to see something new. Each of the mashups below brought something new, whether it's interaction, data, visualization--or all three.