• Illuminating Points of Interest From Space

    At StreetCred, we’re on a mission to get all the place data in the world. This presents a major challenge: starting from a blank map of the world, how do you predict where points of interest exist?

  • Fishing for POIs

    The StreetCred community created, validated, and enriched more than 25,000 places during MapNYC and MapLA. On the face of it, this is a lot of places. But it begs the question, how many more have yet to be mapped? How much further do we need to go to map not just a lot of places, but all the places?

  • You Say Quán cà phê, I Say ร้านกาแฟ: Multilingual Categories

    If you’ve ever walked past your local coffee shop and asked yourself, “How do I say ‘coffee shop’ in Thai?”, you’re in for a treat when you use our categories library, because you’ll know that it’s ร้านกาแฟ!

  • Validating Validation

    Core to the StreetCred data collection process is bringing together multiple, independent users to create and validate the existence of places. Validation is a multi-step process requiring a consensus among user submission. We wanted to follow up on the intuition behind this validation system to assess the accuracy of user-generated data and the combined accuracy of multiply validated POIs.

  • Seeing Across City Lines

    The StreetCred community enriched more than half of the ~15,000 data points imported from partners in the course of the month-long competition. Our partners rated their confidence in their initial data as high, low, or likely out of business. This created a new opportunity for the StreetCred community to prune off bad points from otherwise good datasets, as well as to find the gems buried in murky or possibly outdated data.

  • Enhancing POI Data

    We explored a new business model in LA and NYC, where we imported partner data and worked with the StreetCred community to improve it in targeted ways, like adding photos, hours of operation, and phone numbers.

  • Mapping the Esri User Conference

    StreetCred is live at the Esri User Conference in San Diego this week, and we’re mapping the city with the help of the Esri user community. If you’re in town, you can join the fun and win prizes from Esri. Check out the map and leaderboard here to get started.

  • Open Access to Your POI Data

    We think you should have access to the data you create, and that it should be usable for any purpose you want. StreetCred is a way to create and improve POI data in a fun, collaborative game, and we think it can help in a lot of ways.

  • Clean Messy POIs With This Fun Game :)

    By taking the Place Challenge, participants will collectively reveal the truth about each place. If multiple challenges indicate incorrect data, it will be flagged for others to fix. Unlike in the past, we don’t want people to focus on matching the answers of others, instead they should identify the ground truth as part of the challenge, and the StreetCred platform will take care of the rest.

  • Moving to LA (But Staying in New York)

    We’re excited to announce what’s next: a multi-city, multi-partner launch across the two biggest cities in the US, New York and Los Angeles! StreetCred users will compete for Bitcoin prizes as they create and update point of interest data across both cities simultaneously.

  • 18K+ Facades for 10K+ Places

    The StreetCred protocol will allow data consumers to request specific types of data based on their needs: images, specialized locations, and specific attributes that we haven’t thought of yet. For MapAustin, participants can share a specialized collection of images that shows different angles of a storefront.

  • User Engagement in MapAustin

    Based on these figures, even Austin’s fledgling StreetCred community is capable of mapping a suburban city at the rate of 11,000 places per month. This only gets more exciting when we think about what can happen in densely populated yet largely unmapped megacities across the globe.

  • Getting All the Places

    We’re bulk importing open POI data from the All the Places project. A secret about the commercial POI industry is that much of the data is crawled and scraped from across the web. Many companies duplicate this work behind closed doors, creating private scrapers for brands with store locator data. We thought: why duplicate this effort? And wouldn’t it be better with real-world verification?

  • Mapping Austin's Food Deserts

    Fresh, accurate map data can be very restrictive and expensive, and sometimes doesn’t exist at all in certain areas and categories. It's likely that anyone analyzing food deserts lacks good data on where grocery and other food stores are, making quality analysis difficult. So today we're announcing extra incentives for the MapAustin community to gather better data about food providers in the greater Austin area.

  • Barton Springs

    Barton Springs is only the beginning of a 12-mile-long greenbelt of the same name. The Barton Springs Greenbelt filters down along Barton Creek from the Hill Country and ends at the pool in Zilker Park. It’s so beloved by Austinites that many folks simply call it “The Greenbelt” despite there being many more in town.

  • Bouldin

    This is a street-sign-lovers paradise. Austin in general has done a fantastic job of maintaining neon signs and encouraging new businesses to stick with the tradition, and here on South 1st Street some of the city’s best examples stand loud and proud.

  • East Austin

    The Texan way of life and all that comes with it are not forgotten nor rejected here as I wrongly presumed might be the case. No no, far from it. And in East Austin in particular I really felt this.

  • Don't Worry, Austin Is Still Weird

    To celebrate MapAustin week, we're running a series with a special guest: Fletcher Berryman, a New York based writer and photographer who covers overlooked areas of NYC and beyond.

  • Announcing MapAustin

    We’re excited to announce MapAustin, StreetCred’s third data-collection test and the next step in our journey to build a decentralized marketplace for the world’s point of interest data.

  • Mapzen to the Linux Foundation

    Our involvement with the Linux Foundation over the past few months has been useful and educational, and we look forward to continue the work of Mapzen and maybe even contribute some relevant new work from StreetCred (software and data) in the future.

  • Importing & Editing Indoor Maps at CES

    Last week the StreetCred team had a booth at Eureka Park at CES. Apart from meetings with current and future partners, we wanted to run our second data-collection contest: MapCES in Las Vegas.

  • The Stablest Token on the Las Vegas Strip

    Our plan is to run a total of four tests before a full launch. Future tests will build on the lessons learned from previous tests, so that by the time we launch we’ll have the right technology and a reasonable understanding of human behavior acquired from real-world users.

  • Finishing Up MapNYC

    Yesterday was the last day of MapNYC, when we completed Bitcoin payouts to everyone on the leaderboard. Following our community event last week, we’re excited to wrap this up and start working on what’s next.

  • Opening MapNYC Data

    We’re making MapNYC data available on Github under the CDLA-Sharing license.

  • From Contest to Crypto

    MapNYC was a targeted experiment. We showed what a handful of users - some deeply engaged, some passively interested - can accomplish with the right incentives in place. As our app and protocol become more widely available, these productivity metrics scale exponentially. It’s not unrealistic to envision a living, breathing system capable of mapping entire cities in a matter of days.

  • Improving Data Accuracy

    We believe that unless you have a wide, diverse audience creating the map, your data will fail to represent reality. We also value POI data created on location by users, not borrowed from the many existing sources on the internet. These goals guided our UI choices, and we learned a lot over the course of MapNYC, and iterated rapidly.

  • Encouraging Contributions

    We proved that people would create and validate places, but we also wanted to test if users could be directed to specific categories or neighborhoods. Would our platform, and eventually our protocol, be flexible enough for this?

  • MapNYC Recap Week!

    Today we want to highlight the sheer breadth of the work the MapNYC community did over the past month. What better way than with a time-lapse map?

  • Doctor, My Eyes: 15,000 Places!

    MapNYC is a game with incentives, and we’re testing how to use those incentives to collect useful data.

  • Detroit: the Sixth Borough of MapNYC

    MapNYC works anywhere, but it’s only fun when there are other users to create and validate data with you. So we’re going to do a MapNYC side contest in Detroit from Thursday, October 4 through Sunday, October 7.

  • 4 Days, 500+ Users, 3000+ Places

    MapNYC launched on Monday and we’ve been very encouraged by the reception. Since then, over 500 users have created more than 3,000 places around the city.

  • NYC Wheelchair Access Data

    For most places you create around the city, adding wheelchair accessible data will be required. At the end of the contest, we will release all the data we’ve collected under an open license so others can use this important data as well.

  • Announcing MapNYC

    We're excited to announce MapNYC, a contest to map New York City's places in exchange for Bitcoin. MapNYC marks the first step in our goal to build a decentralized marketplace for the world's point of interest data.

  • Invisible Places

    We’re laying the groundwork for establishing a POI data scoring system, which will become the driving force for the StreetCred network. The first step in this iterative process is focused around road network data and how it correlates to POI presence. Also, pretty maps!

  • We Have Some Blocksplaining To Do

    There are intractable mapping problems for which blockchain offers bright promise. StreetCred is focused on points of interest: the restaurants, doctor's offices, and other places you care to visit. Even with the highest-quality datasets, we've all used an app to find a place to learn too late that it closed. This is due to an incentive problem: what's our incentive to mark something as closed in an app that's just disappointed us with incorrect data? Points of interest are more dynamic than other types of map data; they show data problems more quickly than roads or bodies of water, which change infrequently. They're the hardest problem in open mapping, and an ideal candidate for a new incentive structure.

  • The Finer Points of Mapping

    The StreetCred team has set out to build a system for creating and maintaining the most comprehensive and objective map the world has ever seen. We’re focusing our attention on one layer of the map, specifically the POI layer.

  • Mapping Out Protocols

    After a decade of working on open source maps and trying to figure out how companies can work with open software and data communities, I want a system that will persist long after I’m gone. It should move forward indefinitely as long as there’s enough interest behind it. And it shouldn’t die if people still want to use it as it is.