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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 27 2016


Mappers, Assemble!

MapClub is a private community of cartographers, mappers, GIS professionals and others in the new world of maps. We have one principal product: A private slack group.

Imagine an always-on small community of mapping people that you can relate to, share and discuss cool stuff with.

Benefits of Joining

  • Exclusive membership of a private slack group, MapClub, for one year as a Founding Member!
  • Direct access to mapping luminaries Peter Batty, Steve Coast and James Fee. Decades of experience to help you achieve your goals.
  • Private access to other people just like you, to form a community you can engage, question and discuss mapping issues with.
  • Insider news and opinions.
  • Less noise. $99 keeps the crazies at home.

Is this right for me?

If you're a cartographer, geospatial developer, mapper, GIS professional, web map person, open source map data person, OpenStreetMapper.... Or in something similar, come join us!


Peter, Steve and James are the founding members of this slack. Learn more about us:

Peter Batty

Peter is currently CTO of the Geospatial Division at Ubisense, where he is working on next generation enterprise web and mbile geospatial applications.

Previously he has served as CTO at two of the geospatial industry's leading companies (and two of the world's top 200 software companies): Intergraph, the second largest geospatial software company with revenues of ~$600m (2005-2007), and Smallworld (now part of GE Energy), which grew from startup to global market leader in GIS for utilities and communications during the 1990s (1992-2002)

Peter served on the board of OSGeo, the Open Source Geospatial Foundation from 2011 to 2013. He served for 6 years on the board of GITA, the Geospatial Information and Technology Association, was a member of the Advisory Boards of startups Public Earth and GeoIQ, and is currently on the advisory board of AeroGlass.

Steve Coast

Steve Coast founded OpenStreetMap (OSM), the global free map of the world made by people just like you. Similar to Wikipedia, OSM leverages a vast volunteer community to make a map of the world and then give it away for free.

Steve started the OpenStreetMap Foundation and it's conference the State of the Map. Steve co-founded CloudMade, the first company to monetize OSM and later worked at Microsoft and Telenav.

Today Steve runs Coast Heavy Industries, primarily building sustainable open datasets via dual-licensing.

James Fee

James is the National Practice Lead for GIS and Geospatial Services for Matrix New World Engineering, PC. He is responsible for all geospatial efforts nationally for Matrix and handles business development, management and application development. James also runs the the blog Spatially Adjusted which is among the most read geospatial websites on the internet. He has been the GIS lead at five consulting companies (two large A&Es).

He has been a certified GIS professional since 2004. He has extensive experience in GIS Programming (ESRI, Autodesk, OSGeo) as well as developing GIS implementation plans. He has worked hard over the past 2+ years to develop a GIS community on the web though his personal blog and Planet Geospatial.

What is Slack?

Slack is an always-on chat interface that is used all over the internet for individual and group communication. It's kind of like IRC except that it actually works. Slack clients are available for all major platforms, phones and the web.

Many of us have Slack open all day, and are members of multiple slacks for work and play. In slack you can have chat rooms and private conversations, and it saves a history of what was said. It also integrates with many other services, for example notifications appear when someone fixes a bug on a bug tracking system and so on.


The Crowd image at the top is CC-By-SA Espen Sundae on Flickr.

Risks and challenges

There's really almost nothing that can go wrong here. We set up a slack group, invite you, we all learn a lot and have fun.

We'll have a reasonable terms of use which will require that you're nice to other people on slack and use common sense.

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