When Apple first launched its own maps a couple of years ago people tried to figure out which data vendors and sources the company was working with. The likely sources wouldn’t talk and neither would Apple.
I asked Waze and Factual directly and neither would confirm or deny a deal with Apple. Then Marc Prioleau pointed me to a copyright page that showed a list of roughly 15 data providers.
Then last night, Chad Eisenhart, who’s part of Max Minzer’s Local Search group on Google+, pointed to a new Apple Maps copyright page, which shows a considerably longer list than the original:
- CoreLogic Inc
- INCREMENT P CORP
- MDA Information Systems, Inc.
- Urban Mapping
- Department of Natural Resources Canada
- CGIAR Consortium for Spatial Information
- Flickr Shapefiles Public Dataset
- GeoNames and contributors
- ESA 2010 and UCLouvain
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- Royal Mail
- (OSDM) © Commonwealth of Australia
- Statistics Canada
- U.S. Census Bureau
- U.S. Department of State
- U.S. Geological Survey
- National Geospatial-intelligence Agency
It did not appear that OpenStreetMap was one of the original sources Apple was using. If that has changed it may be a recognition of the data-quality improvement on the site.
Despite my statement above, Factual wasn’t on the original list. But the company has been providing data to Apple since fairly early on. NASA wasn’t originally there either, I believe. Indeed the list is roughly twice as long as the original group of launch partners.
Of particular interest, local business listings are coming from Acxiom, Neustar-Localeze and Factual.