Hi, my name is Robert, I have known about OpenStreetMap for a while now, but only started getting actively interested in it since joining AuckLUG and Tangleball. I'm a self-confessed computer geek. I'm running Linux on three computers at home, including a netbook, a laptop, and a desktop machine.
I am a trainee member of Civil Defence Waitakere, which is the NZ-RT3 USAR response team. I can also be found on the CrisisCommons wiki. I hope to form or be a part of a VTC in Auckland, and to participate in a CrisisCamp, which is similar to a BarCamp, but focuses on a particular civil or humanitarian disaster, such as the recent earthquakes in Christchurch.
I have a strong interest in the CDEM sector, and in SMEM. I am hoping to participate in a web-based collaboration between CDW and NSW at some time in the future. I have been looking at the Selwyn Gets Ready website, and I hope to organise something similar for West Auckland.
As a member of Neighbourhood Support Waitakere, I make a lot of use of GIS software to keep track of NSW members in my street. I'm on the NSW committee for the 2011/12 year. Crowdsourced SMEM data also makes use of GIS solutions for aggregation and data visualization.
Software I Use
I am currently using the open-source package Quantum GIS for Linux as my preferred application, but I am running it stand-alone right now, as I don't yet have the skills to configure PostGreSQL and PostGIS. Once I get up to speed with using PostGIS, I would like to present Quantum GIS as an alternative system for use by NSW. Any offers of help would be appreciated. Please contact me on my User Talk page.
I am on the mailing list, and now here on the wiki, but as of 08:42, 8 April 2011 (BST), I haven't been to a meeting yet. My Thursday evenings have been busy until now, but I should be available to attend the next meeting, on 28th April 2011.
As of 08:42, 8 April 2011 (BST), I have not participated in any mapping parties, but I am keen to get involved.