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Validating geodatamarket.net

Today I livestreamed the process of validating geodatamarket.net. This focus was chosen based on a quick twitter poll with 5 votes. It’s not a lot of data to go on but yet still felt like pretty clear feedback.

I set up google and facebook ads for $5/day, set up email capture on the site and also wrote a reddit post.

Why are we doing this? To test the idea as quickly and cheaply as possible. If it doesn’t resonate with anyone, then drop the idea and shut the site down and move on to the next idea.

So far I’ve spent $11 on a domain, and in the end probably about $20 on advertising, for a total of $31. Time-wise I spent 2.5 hours yesterday building the site and 1 hour today doing some marketing. In a day or two, I’ll look at the ad statistics and review the reddit responses, if any. This will mean a total of about 4.5 hours of work.

It’s very arguable that I didn’t need to build the website or buy the domain and thus cut the investment down to $20 and 2 hours. So very roughly that would cut the cost in half. Next time!

Here’s the live stream:

 

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Building a GeoDataMarket

Imagine you want to buy GIS data. Where would you go? There are lots of free or free-ish catalogs, maybe it would be nice if there was a place to share data that had been made ready for various uses. I ran a quick twitter survey on what to live stream and a whopping two people voted, the first of which was to work on geo data market ideas. Therefore, I live streamed on twitch the creation of a geo data marketplace which now lives at geodatamarket.net.

It took about two hours and is backed by WordPress, woo commerce and a marketplace plugin.

There’s a single product available so far, it’s natural earth raster geoTIFFs cut out by country (250 files) with transparent backgrounds. Anybody could make this data with some work or, just go download it. People like you can log in and create their own downloadable map data products and sell them, or just set them to free.

The livestream videos are broken because my microphone broke, but here they are anyway:

 

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