Our incredible journey
OpenCage started in 2013 as a project within Lokku, a company with a long history of using and supporting OpenStreetMap. Lokku's primary product was the real estate search engine Nestoria. In building Nestoria we learned a lot about the challenges of geocoding data from around the world. We also implemented the first ever commercial use of OpenStreetMap (all the way back in the internet dark ages of 2006!), and were one of the first companies to use OpenStreetMap maps instead of Google maps. In May 2015 Lokku was acquired by Mitula Group. We took the OpenCage project over, and have run it independently ever since.
Our service is built on open data (read all the benefits of open data) Of course our service wouldn't be possible without thousands of people and organisations worldwide who have contributed to the various open geodata projects we build upon. Thank you!
If working with APIs and large amounts of open geodata is your thing - and let's be honest, who can say no to that? - then perhaps you should join us. Please check out our jobs page.
We organise #geomob, a regular meetup of London and Barcelona location based service creators, where we do our best to highlight geo-innovation in all forms. Get on the mailing list, and please come along to our next event.
We have a long-standing tradition of supporting the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team through financial donations. We also financially support the libpostal open-source project. We also regularly sponsor (and participate in) OSM related events and hackathons, most recently State of the Map Asia 2018 - you can read our summary of the conference on our blog.
Finally, much of our own source code is open-source. We welcome your contributions!
Prior to OpenCage, Ed was co-founder of Lokku, the company that OpenCage spun out of (see below for our story). He started his career in the early days of the internet as the first developer at yahoo.de. He has an MBA from MIT, a degree in engineering from Duke University, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Weimar, Germany. Ed lives in Barcelona, where for fun he maps Sarrià/Tres Torres.
Marc Tobias is based in Münster, Germany. Before OpenCage he was the first employee at Lokku, before that he worked at Yahoo! in Silicon Valley and Munich. Prior to that he was one of the earliest members of the technical team at amazon.de. When not on the keyboard you can usually find him on a bike in the woods.
Where does the name OpenCage come from?
Open data is amazing but sometimes it's also wrapped up in a metaphorical technical cage that you need to be a bit of an expert to unlock. We're doing our best to open up that metaphorical cage for you by making a very simple to use geocoder. If you have suggestions about how we can make it even simpler please let us know.
If you've read this far you may enjoy listening to an interview Ed gave on the First Things First IoT podcast (produced by our long-standing customer Telit), or reading this interview with API newsletter GET PUT POST, or this interview with Built in Perl.
Besides announcing new developments to the geocoder we also use the blog to regularly publish interviews with OpenStreetMap communities around the world and various open geo data projects and services. Please get in touch if you're doing something interesting with open geo data.