Map Club is a club for mappers like you. It’s a place to make OpenStreetMap a much more friendly and less daunting experience to mappers new and old.
The idea came after rounds of feedback following OSM PLUS. Could we build some kind of organization to facilitate interaction in OSM, help people work together, without the shortcomings of relying solely on volunteers? If we created a paid-for community of mappers, what would it look like? What could we build with the membership fees?
Today, map club offers a welcoming and moderated mailing list for its members. Longer-term, a much broader vision includes staging servers, OSM activity summaries, OSM evangelism efforts, meetups and much more. But, we can only get there with members.
Map club is about trying new things
- A phone number where you can call people for help with OSM: +1-855-367-9711.
- Servers completely open to importing data to experiment with
- New ways of collecting and editing data collaboratively
- Training programs to get you up to speed with OSM
In some ways, geocaching is an inspiration for map club. By providing services at a cost, geocaching.com is able to go above and beyond what a pure volunteer geocaching organization would be able to do. What could we build together within the OpenStreetMap ecosystem, if we tried the same thing?
I’d love to hear what you think.