AR: The role of open map data on the next computing platform.
10-17, 11:00– (Pacific/Auckland), Plenary

There is a good chance AR will become a major computing platform. What kind of maps will we need and what is the role of open data in building them? This talk will explore those questions.

Use cases should drive product development, not the other way around. Maps and the products we use to consume them have the biggest impact on the world when these principles are adhered to. How many government portals have you visited where a carefully curated map is presented that hardly anyone sees let alone uses? Presenting the data to the user in an intuitive way that helps them make a decision or take action is essential.

Large paper maps of the 1700s were well suited to a captain’s desk as their ships traversed the oceans. Road atlases of the 20th century helped to spur family adventures and weekend getaways as highway networks were constructed around the world. The small computers in our pockets today allow us to see when the next train will arrive and which one will get us home sooner. These examples took the technology of the day and used it to make products with significant impact on society. The mobile internet in particular changed mapping in one of the most notable ways since humans started abstracting 3D space on 2D surfaces.

We’re on the cusp of another great shift in the way maps are used with many exciting use cases awaiting discovery. The technology powering this potential is Augmented Reality (AR). This talk will explore some of the use cases that AR is supporting and where it might be useful in future. We’ll look at how AR can be accessed and how the medium of access affects its utility. With these use cases in mind, we’ll assess how open tools and map data enable AR. Some of the data and tools we’ll look at include:
* Geometries of pedestrian ways
* Associated attributes: Incline, safety, lighting, access, surface type, accessibility features
* Building entrances
* 3D building data
* VPS for localisation
* Routing algorithms

The talk will conclude with a summary of Meta’s approach to map building and how open source geospatial technology powers the maps we build for today and the years ahead.

Edoardo is a Program Manager at Meta where he leads the Open Community Mapping Team. This team supports the use and adoption of mapping tools such as Mapillary for street-level imagery collection, RapiD for AI-assisted map editing, and Daylight for reliable OpenStreetMap use and analysis.

In a volunteer capacity, he serves on the board of OSGeo Oceania and enjoys contributing to OpenStreetMap.