I represent a company with about 2000 locations, and manually updating each profile is not feasible. Is there anyone who I can contact to deliver the data in bulk?

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your previous question, just for reference

(15 Feb '16, 20:21) aseerel4c26 ♦

Thank you for wanting to improve our data! I think the best way is to get in touch with the community on a mailing list or in the forum (depends which is more active in your target region). See https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Contact_channels . Maybe someone from our community wants to use your data to improve OpenStreetMap's data if your data is valuable/useful. Likely the updating has to be done more or less manually (or half-manual) since we do not want to just overwrite our data.

A small note: Since we have free (as in freedom, not necessarily as in free beer) data we need to take copyright seriously for contributions, hence we need a clear permission/license for your data and you need to have the relevant rights (e.g. if your locations are grabbed from google maps it may be a problem).

Furthermore, please have a short read of https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:!i!/What_a_company_should_never_do do ensure a good communication for everyone.

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edited 15 Feb '16, 20:30

I'm sorry. I'm having difficulty finding on the link https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Contact_channels where to find the appropriate contact. I am in the United States.

(15 Feb '16, 20:20) knmille7

@knmille7: if you are used to mailing lists use the talk-us list. Otherwise I would suggest to use the US forum (log in with your openstreetmap.org account).

(15 Feb '16, 20:24) aseerel4c26 ♦
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here now: http://forum.openstreetmap.org/viewtopic.php?id=53663 - for other people's reference.

(15 Feb '16, 20:47) aseerel4c26 ♦

@knmille7: okay, that worked, but - be much more verbose - there is the place to discuss the project. Tell the people more about the data. How you gathered the data, what it consists of, how it is verified, how current it is, will there be updates in the future, which data format?, how you can assist (e.g. several data formats)? Maybe post a link to a preliminary version of your data... as a start.

(15 Feb '16, 20:51) aseerel4c26 ♦

@aseerel4c26 I'd like to have someone reach out to me before I give out the details. The business is very secure about what is publicly posted. Hence, why I didn't say the company name. I am the original data owner and currently manage all other directory listings including Google Maps, Bing Maps, Yelp, Yahoo, Apple Maps Infogroup, Localeze, Acxiom, etc. I want to make sure that all of this information is consistent across the web.

(15 Feb '16, 20:54) knmille7

@knmille7: okay, I see, thanks for your comment on this. I have quite some doubts that it will work that way, but you may try. We are volunteers and we are generally open and transparent. Yes, this is much different from others like google maps.

Oh, and please could you insert a link to this previous location into your forum post, thanks!

(15 Feb '16, 21:27) aseerel4c26 ♦
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@knmille7 we are NOT a directory listing and if you believe we are, you best move on! This may sound harhs but we have a lot of trouble with businesses who sell "online visibility management" and similar services to their clients, and hence want to "upload" information to OSM in order to improve their value proposition. These people often want to add advertising to OSM which is a big no-no. What's more, they often have bad data and questionable licensing (you say you own the data but are you sure the geo coordinates you have are unencumbered by third party rights? Have you perhaps simply run your client's list of outlet addresses through Google's geocoder - in which case we can't use your coordinates since that would violate Google's terms). Some of your client's locations may already be in OSM; who do you suggest should be doing the manual work of comparing what's already here with what you have? Lastly, presenting "consistent" information in OSM won't be possible since once the data is in OSM, it can an will be edited by everyone. I'm afraid you will have to put your cards on the table if you want to play.

(15 Feb '16, 22:09) Frederik Ramm ♦
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