Geo-maven Marc Prioleau pointed me to a copyright page earlier today that appears to reveal the identities of some or all the data partners Apple is using for its new Maps product. Here they are in the order they appear on the page:
- MapData Sciences Pty Ltd.
- MDA Information Systems, Inc
- Urban Mapping
I may not have captured them all.
The crowd-sourced traffic would appear to be coming from Waze, at least partially. Yelp is providing the reviews but perhaps not the listings data, which are coming from Acxiom, Localeze and TomTom.
Some of the companies are specific to non-US markets. It’s also interesting to see that Apple has integrated Urban Mapping neighborhood data in there, suggesting that if one searches on neighborhood terms (even informal terms or names) the map will return results. Google was a licensee at one time of this database (I believe); I don’t know if that’s still the case.
What do all of you think of this list and are you aware of other data providers being used but not present here?