What data sources does Mapbox use to build services?
Mapbox uses a variety of data sources for its different services:
- Mapbox Streets: A major data source that Mapbox maps rely on is OpenStreetMap (often shortened to OSM), a global volunteer project that everyone can contribute to.
- Mapbox Countries: The data in the Mapbox Countries tileset is based on information obtained from officially recognized local or international entities.
- Mapbox Terrain: This service is comprised of a wide variety of data sources from government-provided datasets as well as third-party commercial data.
- Mapbox Satellite: The imagery for Mapbox Satellite comes from a variety of sources, including commercial providers and open data from NASA, USGS, and others. The raw imagery is color-corrected to look realistic and blended together into a single raster tileset.
- Mapbox Geocoding API: The data sources for the Geocoding API come from governments, open data projects, and private companies.
- Mapbox Boundaries: The data in the Mapbox Boundaries tilesets is based on information obtained from officially recognized local or international entities whenever possible.
- Mapbox Elevation: These services use multiple data sources depending on the zoom level and location. Different sources often use different vertical datum references.
For more information, refer to https://www.mapbox.com/about/maps/#data-sources.
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