Why on Earth did Facebook Just Acquire Mapillary?

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  • OpenSfM, a popular computer vision engine for stitching together overlapping images to reconstruct places in 3D.
  • Vista, a free 25K image dataset labeled for semantic segmentation — one of the largest such open datasets in existence.
Example annotated image from the Vista dataset

What is Facebook Up To, Exactly?

A tidy summary of corporate contributions to OSM by type courtesy of Anderson, J.; Sarkar, D.; Palen, L. Corporate Editors in the Evolving Landscape of OpenStreetMap. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2019, 8, 232.

Justification #1: It Hurts Google

Thanks to my colleague Deborah Boyer for pointing me to this lil’ tidbit in the Street View terms of use.

Justification #2: It Complements Their Augmented Reality Business

Justification #3: It Supports Facebook’s Place Data Generally

Facebook links out to Google Maps in their own product.

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Comedic relief at Umbra. Writing about maps and the people that make them. For inquiries: jrmorrison.jrm [at] gmail [dot] com

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