• Google
  • Nokia
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • AND Automotive Navigation Data
  • earthmine
  • First American Spatial Solutions
  • Waze
  • Google

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Adam DuVander

Adam DuVander
Executive Editor, ProgrammableWeb

Website | @adamd

Adam DuVander helps people create on the web. He has been a contributor to Webmonkey, Wired’s Web developer resource, since 2000. His location-related work for BestPlaces.net has been seen on MSN, Yahoo and the Wall Street Journal.

DuVander founded Portland Web Innovators and sits on the board of non-profit Legion of Tech. He is currently writing an online mapping book for No Starch Press from his home in Portland, Oregon.


Google Maps is innovative, but also proprietary. Yahoo, Microsoft, and Mapquest also have equally closed platforms, while the open source JavaScript library Mapstraction ties them together with a single interface. This panel will discuss whether there should be a standard for interoperable mapping APIs, or whether there's more benefit and innovation to remaining proprietary.