I’m sure everyone is aware of the recent acquisition of Mapillary by Facebook. Many of you might also be old enough to remember the Grab acquisition of OpenStreetCam too.
Regardless of your view on Facebook and Mapillary, one thing is certain, it has renewed interest in launching a truly open source alternative: https://forum.mapillary.com/t/mapillary-2-0-opensource/4210
Here at Trek View we’ve been working on tools to process and upload panoramas for some time.
We’re really supportive of Nick Whitelegg’s effort with Open Trail View (aimed at footpaths) and will continue to support it.
We’re also currently working on a web / desktop processor / uploader (for Google Street View, Mapillary, and Open Trail View) called Map the Paths (name to be confirmed). Take a look here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/12G3fzBOi_7bRKyLgyk2kzoIQy27FOPW6s6Z2gpspZDc/edit?usp=sharing
I’d love your feedback.
I guess the questions I have about building an open-source street-level mapping platform are:
- What would be the aim of an open-source Mapillary? Or more generally a street-level mapping platform?
- Why is it needed (what would it be used for?)? Who would use it?
- What features would they want / need?
- Distributing a large amount of images in a geospacial DB can quickly become costly. How could it be funded?