Share Addresses, Make Money: Build an Open National Geoparcel Database

Micheal Byrne suggests this is "perhaps the MOST important open geospatial opportunity this decade." 

At the US Open Data Institute, we’re big fans of OpenAddresses. They’re working to piece together a address-level map of the entire world, county by county, city by city, town by town. Here in the United States, that data is often published on municipalities’ websites. (For example, see BaltimoreAlbuquerque, orAtlanta.) Stitching together this data will ultimately create a map of every addressable property in the country, as entirely open data, which is essential fuel for innovation.

Today we’re announcing a bounty for contributions to OpenAddresses. We’ll pay $10 for each new United States municipality that’s added from now through September 30. All you have to do is file a pull request on the project’s GitHub repository, and the team has to accept your pull request. Come October, we’ll tally up your contributions, get in touch with you to ask about how to pay you, and then we’ll send you money. It’s that easy.

There are a few rules and restrictions. Qualifying contributions must contain data, website, license, compression (where applicable), type, and note fields, and the note field must provide basic information, such as whether the data provides points or polygons for each parcel, and what the name of the columns with address information are. Payments can only be made to people in countries where we can send you money legally (e.g., Cuba is probably off the table). We’re capping cumulative payouts at $5,000, and we’ll provide public notice here and on the OpenAddresses repository if that cap is hit before October 1. There is no per-person minimum or maximum—we’ll send $10 for one municipality or we’ll send $1,000 for one hundred municipalities.

Ready to get started? See the “Contributing to OpenAddresses” guide and start filing pull requests. Let’s go create a national geoparcel database.

Reprinted from U.S. Open Data Institute under CC-BY-4.0.

Image by skewgee under CC-BY-SA-2.0.

Published Monday, August 4th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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