Introduction of Supplier and Customer roles for relations

Hi folks,
I am happy to have joined this awesome community recently. My mapper experience is quite short yet. However, I am active in those community map projects as software engineer:

I find relations interesting and have a question about it.

I found relations used to map administrative bounderries, geographic objects like islands or public transport routes so far. Probably, there is more going on I did not know yet.

Did anyone came up with the idea to map the supplier/customer network of our local communities to stress its importance?

The more local our customer/supplier relation network, the more resilient is our community. That idea originates in the Matrix of the Economy of the Common Good: Common Good Matrix - Economy for the common good

For instance, I am running a Tech company in Brunswick. My print products are supplied by Umweltdruckerei from Hannover, the weekly fruitbox is supplied by a BS BIO farmer, the Umweltzeitung newspaper is also supplied locally, the DIY/hacking space is supplied by Stratum0 BS, power is supplied from a Coop in HH and refurbished IT is supplied by AfB from Dürren. That are all objects already in the OSM database, only the links are missing to make up that network.

A relation could be of role supplier in one way and of role customer in the other way, if it is a mutual link. With this concept, you achive a relationship network of suppliers and customers telling you the degree of conectivity and resilience of you community.

Would be the OSM database a good place to maintain those relations?


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