CloudMade’s Andy Allan wins Cartography Award

Great news from the British Cartographic Society, who have awarded CloudMade Tech Lead, Andy Allan an award for his work on the OpenCycleMap. was awarded a Commended Award in the Avenza Eelectronic Mapping category of the British Cartographic Society’s annual awards which were held in the UK last week. is a specialist map created for cyclists. It uses data from to highlight cyclepaths, bike parks, cycle shops and other features that are relevant to cyclists

Unfortunately Andy couldn’t make it to the awards ceremony to pick up his prize as he was en-route from Aberdeen, having represented OpenCycleMap and CloudMade at the Society of Cartographers Summer School. The award was collected by long-term cartographer, Steve Chilton, who helped Andy put together the application for the award. Speaking on the OpenStreetMap mailing list, Steve wrote:

[Andy and I] were in a category against some heavyweight commercial entries, as you may see when the full results are available. This is fantastic recognition from peer cartographers of the excellence of this particular use of OSM data. So, congratulations to Andy, and all others who have had input to this particular development.

OpenCycleMap’s award is testimony not only to the hard work of Andy, but also to the dedication of the 61,000 OpenStreetMap volunteers who collected the data that allows such a unique cartographic achievement as OpenCycleMap, as well as the work of Steve Chilton, who lead the creation of the OSM cartographic style that the cycle map is based on. Because OpenStreetMap lets people get access to underlying vector data it is possible to create custom mapping sites like

Andy will be at FOSS4G 2008 in Cape Town at the end of September, so if you are heading to South Africa for the event make sure you drop Andy a line.

Note: CloudMade are pleased to be sponsoring Andy’s work on the cycle map by providing web hosting and tile serving for the project. If you go to and start to dig into Andy’s code, you’ll see that tile requests are being made to * Sandboxes are testing grounds for personal development projects of people at CloudMade and are not our production servers. We don’t make any promises about uptime, speed or reliability or Sandbox services, but if you want to see the cool stuff first, its the place to look.

September 8th, 2008 - Posted by Nick Black in cartography |