MNM data comes from various sources:
We have no way to reliably geolocate Mastodon users. This is private data that is only accessible to instance owner, and exposing it in any way would probably cause privacy issues.
What we do instead is focusing on each instance location. To know an instance location, we have two ways:
.fror Japan for
.jp, we use this country as the instance country.
None of this solution is ideal, but at the moment, this is the best we found. If you thought of another option, please open an issue on our repository, as we are really interested to make location data more accurate.
You can reuse our data in your papers, toots, blog entries, or anywhere you want, without asking for our permission. Our end goal is to but all the data in the public domain, but we have to ensure we can actually do that, since data comes from various sources so this may take some time.
In the meanwhile, you can still reuse our data, preferably with a link or a mention of the source, but this is not mandatory.
If you're interested in the raw data, we can send you dumps from the database, you just need to contact us. There is an ongoing project of building a public API for MNM data, to make this process easier.
There are various ways to contribute to this project:
In general, contributions are much appreciated, even if they are not part of the previous list.
There are various projects with similar data:
If you're working on a similar project, please contact us to get added to this list.
You can contact us by mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or directly on Mastodon, by mentionning @email@example.com.