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Screenshot of JOSM

I am Immanuel Scholz, but please call me Imi :-). I live in Germany, currently in Dresden. Grab me at (if you are lucky - you probably got caught by my spam filter..)

OSM Projects

Currently I develop a stand alone application named JOSM.


I am a coder since about I was ten. I started on ZX Spectrum, switched to KC85-4 (DDR-variant of C64), then to C128, to Intel. On the way I chose Assembler, BASIC, Pascal, C, C++, Java and now Ruby as a programming language. I work as a professional senior software developer.

I saw Steve and Ben speaking at "What The Hack" in 2005 and knew what my next project would be to join :-). Maybe that was because I bought one of those nifty little Sharp Zaurus C3100 PDAs some weeks before together with my first GPS receiver. Since I have no geodetic background (except I chose geodesy as one of my minor field of study), I see my place as developer within the community.

Secretary of OSMF

I was in the position of secretary for the OpenStreetMap Foundation in 2006/2007. My special interests in the project are:

  • A focus on distributed systems. I'd like to see more independently developped applications use the OSM data. So I try to keep an eye on the data structures and interfaces so that they are usable by very different people.
  • Internationalize OSM more. The current OSM community is heavily located at England, especally London. I like to push the attention of OSM to areas outside the UK.
  • Keep the license in a way, that not only allow free(dom) access to the raw data we create ourselves, but also to dependent work. This way, I hope the project get feedback from other contributing parties. I think this inavoidably means, that the license is viral. Sacrificing freedom for popularity sounds not like a good option to me.


SuperStar.png Imi is awarded a SuperStar for an outstanding contribution to the OSM project.