The Mapillary Marketplace is a way to connect supply and demand to generate fresh map data in locations where it’s needed, making map data collection fast and scalable on demand.
On the one side, there are organizations (like NGOs, cities, or map makers) that want to get an area covered with fresh imagery or get Mapillary’s machine-generated object detections verified by humans to increase the quality of map data. On the other side, there are Mapillary contributors (long-term community members as well as new ones) who get rewarded for helping complete imagery capture or data verification projects.
How the Marketplace works
The Mapillary Marketplace is an on-demand marketplace for map data. Organizations request services that help generate fresh map data in the geographic area they need it, and individuals offer to provide those services.
For this, the organization sets up a project for the area and publishes it on the Marketplace. Anyone can browse the listings and has the opportunity to join the project, whether they’re already a Mapillary community member or not. If they are not, they simply need to create a Mapillary account before they can offer their services in a project.
The Marketplace is not a place for buying and selling existing datasets of street-level imagery or map data.
Types of projects on the Marketplace
There are two types of projects that can be published on the Marketplace.
Imagery capture projects enable to quickly cover an area with street-level imagery. The area of interest is divided into smaller tasks that multiple drivers can work on simultaneously. The drivers need to go through a qualification process before joining a project. They work as independent contractors and their time is compensated, which means the organization on the demand side will be charged for the project. The projects make use of the Capture Projects toolset which helps admins to manage the project and follow the progress, and drivers to see where they need to drive.
Note. Requesting imagery capture projects on the Marketplace is currently suspended due to Covid-19 until further notice.
Data verification projects enable to review machine-extracted map data by adding human validation to the workflow. Project participants verify whether Mapillary’s algorithms have detected different objects correctly in images. The organization that sets up the project also chooses which types of objects it includes (e.g. traffic signs, trash bins, etc.) and from which geographical area. The verification process is built up as a game for the participants and is unpaid (and therefore also free for organizations to request).