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How Open Should Mapping APIs Be?

Last week I was delighted to give an Ignite talk at the geo conference Where 2.0 about open mapping. There are a number of ways to interpret what that means, but I chose to focus on the APIs themselves. Getting a new developer to join the geo community right now means that the developer needs to choose an API to learn.

I’ve never been a fan of being monogamous with technology. One tool might be great for a particular project, but something else might be better for another project. With mapping APIs Mapstraction fixes this issue, but shouldn’t providers get together and standardize on their own? Watch my presentation (embedded below) to hear more about my thoughts on this topic.

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Adam DuVanderHi, I'm Adam. I'm writing a book about developing maps on the web. This site is where I'll share the things I find and help you create your own maps. Find out more.

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