I provide geospatial education and consulting using open source tools as founder of Boomerang Geospatial, participate in the TeachOSM Steering Committee, and run educational safaris and study abroad programs in southern Africa through Maggie Maps.
2018 OpenStreetMap-US Board Position Statement
I am excited to be running a second year for a place on the OpenStreetMap-US board. Last year I ran on the platform of education and community development, and these initiatives continue to remain important to me.
So... what did I do in 2017? I'm glad you asked.
- As an organizer for TeachOSM, 2017 reinforced the idea that educational outreach can expand and diversify participation by engaging not only new generations of committed OpenStreetMappers, but also their teachers.
- As a board member, I helped to plan my first State of the Map-US and attended in this new role, getting to experience behind the scenes just how much hard work goes into a successful conference.
- As a board member, I helped to jump-start the process to hire an Executive Director for the organization.
- As a board member, I managed to dial into our weekly calls from numerous campsites and at least half a dozen countries.
- As a professional, I led OpenStreetMap training for more than 100 new mappers of all ages and backgrounds.
- As a mapper, I mapped!
It has been another busy year for the board, and as OpenStreetMap and the US community continue to grow so will the challenges and opportunities. In 2017 I learned what it means to be a board member, and in 2018 I intend to put that knowledge to work. It is an exciting time to be a part of this community, and it would be an honor to serve as board member for another year.
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!