Inbound licensing, data quality and formatsUnited Maps generates, buys, processes and sells hyperlocal data products.
The process in a nutshell can be found here.
This page is an overview to the terminology, constraints and collateral conditions:
Due to legal requirements, cadastral data carries maximum precision. Trying to be more precise than cadastral registers means to go out and remeasure: a pointless undertaking.
If the business case is positive, United Maps always licenses the best data quality available or the highest possible confidence level.
The term 'confidence level' in our understanding is an indirect measurement for the data quality, an index of completeness. The usecase is straightforward: we positively want to cover all available (e.g.) public tennis courts. If the real and absolute number of this item is unknown, we need to approximate. The higher the confidence into an appoximated data set is, the better and more complete it is, the more valuable it is for us (and for you as a customer, ultimately).
If we positively knew that there's 10.000 public tennis courts in a given country and we obtain a list of 9.500 courts from you, the confidence level generates as 9.500 ./. 10.000 = .95
Our cartographic editors would say: "pretty good, probably more than we'd expected ... but still not perfect"
The overall data quality as a product of both the confidence level and the accuracy or precision of the vector data sets. Logically, this always is a compromise and a matter of prodiction thresholds and quality expectations.
United Maps' goal is to achieve the best attainable quality.
absolute accuracy and/or relative accuracy, namingly its geometric precision compared to the real world versus its intrinsic, relative accuracy.
You may have noticed this in public mapping services' hybrid views, where sometimes, streets cross through buildings.
As we do have processes in place to both measure and correct both: the accurate, the better (as you might have guessed, already).
We explicitely do not buy aerial, satellite or any other pixel formats. (because "vector is more corrector" [courtesy Dr. Joe Berry]) hyperlocal map scale of 1:5.000 to 1:10.000 which goes well beyond well known public mapservices' resolution and extends mapping on a rooftop-perspective to maps on a human scale.
If you can provide indoor data for large venues, we're interested to learn about - alas this scale is slightly out of scope for today (but a natural extension of what United Maps does).
Selling data to United MapsIf United Maps buys data, the licensing process is inbound (from our perspective).
If we sell or syndicate data (services, hyperlocal data products, themes, content), licensing is outbound.
If you want to license data to us, here's a (constantly growing) list of data and content we seek, primarily for all European and neighbouring countries and on a country-by-country basis:
What rights and permissions does United Maps need to buy from you?United Maps expects to receive a free initial sample. The sample (or parts of it) will be processed into a showcase demonstrating the general validity, applicability and viability within United Maps’ business case.
United Maps grants to use this showcase solely for non-commercial and evaluation and marketing purposes. Read as: we will not make money with sample data.
In a positive business case, we'll start bilateral negotiation for a (exclusive or non-exclusive) perpetual license with a potentially periodical update contract. Effectively, United Maps shall be entitled to distribute this data, edited and refined within products, to clients or end-users (third parties) on a worldwide scope. Read as: we need to have the right to use your data in a way that perspectively enables us to produce versioned data products or maps.
If you do not own all of those indispensable rights and hence you're not able to assign those rights to United Maps, we'll be unable to cut a deal with you. For rather difficult and complex collateral legal conditions, we need our licensors to grant us a indemnity clause to be free of external claims.
At the same time, United Maps takes adequate precaution to prevent extraction, separating or individual utilization of the data incorporated. United Maps is willing to an upfront payment and/or a variable percentage of the respective turnover United Maps generates in the business case negotiated. Reads as: we make sure that your data and our data products are used as commissioned.