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JohnDriz

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Just need an avenue to vent.  I spent 400 to 450 hours on a pretty great recreation map covering a very large area around an Idaho mountain town which has just been bagged by my employer.  The geographic area which was defined by a a co-worker was re-defined by the same person during final review before being sent to the printer to a much smaller area.  I'm left with a pretty solid map.  

 

As my work is public domain and all files could be requested by any individual and then re-distributed should I encourage someone else to request my files and re-publish the map?  Anyone else ever run into this problem?  What was your solution?



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I hate it when this happens. Normally as a freelancer I would either still get paid for the work I've put in or retain copyright to the finished map (or both) but still it leaves me with an unfulfilled feeling. So yes, I would recommend that you try and find a way for somebody else to use all, or even part, of the map you've produced. It'd be a shame if hundreds of hours of work were for nothing.

 

From a practical point of view when customers define a map area I generally ask the following questions:

  • Are you sure this is the area you want?
  • Are you sure you're sure?

And then still make it a bit bigger anyway, just in case. A lot of people don't seem to realize that adding a chunk of map can be a prettty time consuming task. Not that that would have helped you in this case when the area is reduced in size.


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So it sounds like at least a portion of what you produced is being used though, right? That's typical and I usually do as Hans has suggested; ask lots of questions, then make extra map! Of course your issue is you made too much extra map.

 

If it's public domain, is there a reason why you can't republish it on your own?


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Unfortunately no, nothing from the map will be clipped and reproduced.  My supervisor threw me under the bus and told our department head that he had directed me to create a map with a very different area and scope.  Essentially what turned out to be an inset of city parks and pathways rather than a detailed map which included the majority of a national forest road system, trails, trail ratings, lake bathymetry, fishing, boating, and everything else you might find on a National Geographic map.  My supervisor directed me not to let others know about the map or the fact that it is free and public domain.  Given he is my supervisor I'm in a tough situation.






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