User:MaggieMaps

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Founder of [Boomerang Geospatial][1], I provide geospatial education and consulting using open source tools. I also run educational safaris in southern Africa with Winterdodger Expeditions and blog about travel and mapping at [Maggie Maps][2].

2016 OpenStreetMap-US Board Position Statement

As a board member, I will focus on growing and diversifying the OSM community - through events, educational programs, and outreach to all parts of the US. With an eye towards community development, I will make it a priority to find new ways to attract and retain contributors in OSM.

One way to accomplish this is through education. Educational outreach can expand and diversify participation by engaging new generations of committed OpenStreetMappers at an early age. As an organizer for TeachOSM, I actively promote the use of OpenStreetMap as a platform to teach the fundamental concepts of geography and engage local communities all over the world. Through our team’s efforts, TeachOSM has become the first chartered project of OSM-US and it continues to gain momentum. TeachOSM brings OpenStreetMap directly to teachers, students and community groups at the local level. As a result of SOTM in Belgium, I am working with other OpenStreetMap contributors to translate TeachOSM resources and make it an international resource for OpenStreetMap in education.

As an open source geospatial consultant, I promote the use of open source tools and OpenStreetMap in all of my projects. I have taught OpenStreetMap workshops in Mauritius, Jamaica, St Lucia, Baltimore, South Africa, & SOTM-US New York, and welcomed many new mappers into the community. Conferences in Argentina, Belgium, and the US have expanded my OSM network and allowed me to get a sense of the incredible projects being built with OSM all over the world.

I am running for the board to help grow and sustain community engagement and because I believe that OpenStreetMap can unite people across many ‘boundaries’. It would be an honor to serve as board member and I hope to get the chance!