Idea: trading service for maps

Posted by naoliv on 15 December 2015 in English (English)

I was thinking: we could have some site where we could exchange mapping services, offering to do something or asking to have something mapped.

For example, a mapper could offer:

  • I will map your city for a beer
  • I will name some streets for a postcard
  • I will map every tree in a park for a T-shirt
  • I will survey some street names for nothing, because I just like it

A user could also offer:

  • I will pay a cake for mapping every building in my neighborhood
  • I will give a big thanks in OSM diary if somebody map my small town
  • I will send some cookies if you map the lake where I fish

I don’t know if “I will walk your dog and map whatever I see at the street. I will only use your dog as an excuse to map.” fits in mapper or user, but the service should allow cases like this too.

But I lack the skills, time and everything else for this.

As a real example, I will pay 10 dollars to have this thing running as fast as possible (code here).

I will also map a small town for such trading service ;-)

Comment from santamariense on 15 December 2015 at 17:37

I think it’s an excellent idea. Let’s implement the project.

Comment from yvecai on 15 December 2015 at 17:46

Very good idea, let’s make cakes!

Comment from nmixter on 15 December 2015 at 21:00

A great idea! But why limit it to just a small cake? Larger areas like schools and universities could be mapped for additional compensation. We could even offer our services to larger groups like cities and counties who need help mapping buildings or features in a certain area. Maybe we can even find a way to get paid for things like converting existing gis data into OSM, according to established guidelines and with knowledge of the area of course. I too would like to find a way be compensated for my time in addition to making a great map. The tricky part is matching up the people in a certain area with needs to local mappers willing to help and then making sure they get paid. Maybe we could do something to what does or other similar sites but with mapping instead. There’s got to be some a framework already established so we don’t have to completely start from scratch.

Comment from GOwin on 17 December 2015 at 02:38

a beer for your neighbourhood, a case of beer for you village. How about that? :D)))

Comment from ivaldonm on 17 December 2015 at 10:36


Very good, but I prefer U$ 10,00 for each neighborhood.

Comment from mvexel on 17 December 2015 at 16:57

It would be interesting to see what the value of mapping really is. A marketplace like you suggest might make that visible if it gets enough traction. Do it!

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