Stichting Mapcode Foundation
The Stichting Mapcode Foundation
is a non-profit foundation,
established in The Netherlands (Chamber of Commerce RSIN registration number 852726284),
which holds all the
patents, rights, brands, designs, properties, collateral, algorithms, data tables and IP related to
The purpose of the Mapcode Foundation
foster mapcodes as a standard of public location encoding,
provide, support, distribute and stimulate the use of mapcodes, free of charge,
as widely as possible.
The Mapcode Foundation is the only authorized entity
that is allowed to maintain, change or adapt its software or tables.
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Recent examples of how people use the mapcode system
Emergency services need to quickly reach the strangest places.
Not only will a Mapcode get an ambulance to within meters of its target,
no matter where, but the short mapcodes can also be communicated clearly even over bad connections (Eastern Cape, South Africa).
Many countries are currently considering mapcodes as a candidate for their national postcode.
Most countries today only have "zone" codes, where thousands of dwellings share the same code.
South Africa was the first to introduce mapcodes to officially support informal dwellings (such as slum dwellings).
In countries without an effective addressing system, utility services can not readily come to aid of households or businesses
when they are faced with power cuts or water leakages. In Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria, electricity and water
meters bear mapcodes which aren't just their unique identifier, but acts as the address of that particular house or business.
Archeological and botanical finds are (of course) registered very precisely.
Many errors are made, however, both in writing down and in copying the unwieldy latitudes and longitudes.
Mapcodes are now used to put a human face on coordinates by the Naturalis Biodiversity Center.
Land or building ownership
is a relevant and complicated, but vastly under-organized issue in many countries.
Several land registry offices are looking into easily and unique identifying parcels of land
by their central mapcode whilst others (South Africa, India, USA) have implemented mapcode
down to a 1m2 accuracy for urban planning and asset management.
The board of directors of the Stichting Mapcode Foundation includes
note: Board members and Managing Directors do not receive any remuneration for their activities.
- Pieter Geelen (co-founder of TomTom), Chairman;
- Sean Fernback member (president of Nokia HERE), Board Member;
- Hugo van der Linde (CEO at AND Automotive Navigation Data), Board Member;
- Rijn Buve (Software Architect), Managing Director and Board Member.
note: Advisory Board members do not receive any remuneration for their activities.
Objectives & Policy
Stichting Mapcode Foundation was established in April, 2013.
The purpose of the Foundation is to fulfil a social role in the international society
and to contribute to the greater good by means of
non-profit maintaining, providing, distributing, and stimulating the use and global adoption of
the Mapcode system, its algorithms, data tables, software, applications, tools, services, websites
and web services as a new standard for a worldwide encoding system that allows any location on
the surface of the earth to be represented by a short easily recognizable and memorable code.
By offering Mapcode as a standard and structured addressing system free of charge the Foundation,
as a non-profit organisation, will make locations for all citizens, dwellings and businesses in cities
without street names or formal addressing systems throughout the globe in regions such as Asia, China,
Russia, South America, the Middle East, Africa and Canada addressable.
and therefore the Foundation strongly believes that humanity would gain by Mapcode,
especially the people in emerging economies.
The purpose of the Foundation furthermore comprises the engagement in any and all activities
which are connected with the above or may be conducive thereto, all this in the broadest sense.
Doelstellingen en Beleid
(Targets and Policies)
2016 - 2019
The most recent figures can be downloaded here:
You can mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org,
but please keep in mind that the Stichting Mapcode Foundation is a very small,
non-profit organisation. It may be several days before we can answer your mails.
We can only answer mails written in English.
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