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OSM Board Position Statement

Last year, Fall marked a rash of OpenStreetMap adventures. I ran for the US OpenStreetMap board and I submitted a proposal to help host State of the Map US at the United Nations. My commitment to supporting and building this vibrant OSM community was in full color. And then — to bring it personal — I had an accident where unconsciousness was on the other side.

Eleven days later when I woke up and as fate, irony, randomness would have it — one of the very first things I was told was that I had been elected to the OSM US board and the conference proposal was accepted. My commitment to you the OSM community — and your support for me — were there at the very beginnings of a long recovery.

OSM US board meetings with our SOTM US planning were the very first things I addressed post accident. I not only had the opportunity to work with and for a wonderfully dynamic community (and board!) but we had the chance to help create an amazing SOTM US at an amazing venue. The opportunity to host such a celebration humbled me from conference proposal submission to the closing address. I am constantly impressed with the breadth of what OSM seeks to accomplish, the respect we all do it with, and the fun we have on the way.

If elected to serve you again, I would continue to support the growth and impact of the OSM US community. In addition to helping create another awesome SOTM US no matter where it might be, I would like to focus on communications that bring our work and our mission to others. Whether that’s building journalism relations or creating a more active blog and twitter emoji feed (!!) we have a lot to contribute and others should know. I also believe the the US chapter of OSM (we) can serve as a inspiration on an international scale. If elected, I would also help create legal and professionalized strategies that can be an inspiration to other OSM communities.