Hi, I am Martijn van Exel HDYC, hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah. I was born on December 7, 1972 in Doetinchem, the Netherlands and grew up there. I moved to Amsterdam in 1991 to study Urban Planning and Geography. My wife, also pictured below in glorious blurriness, was hired as an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah in 2011, bringing us to our current home city.
When I am not working on OSM in one way or another, you are likely to find me somewhere in the mountains, in a pub (they call it a bar here), in the kitchen, in the back yard or in front of the TV. I am also rapidly becoming an expert in the art of the Power Nap. It must be my advanced age: born on 1972-12-07, I am turning 41 this fall.
Me and OSM
I contribute to OpenStreetMap as mvexel.
I love OpenStreetMap and firmly believe that we are changing the world. I spend a lot of my spare time on the project, either out mapping, coding (MapRoulette currently) and serving on the OpenStreetMap U.S. Chapter Board of which I am the president for 2012-2013.
I believe that fundamentally, OpenStreetMap is about people and giving people a place to share their knowledge of the world around them with everybody else. Everything we do - the tools we build, the documentation we write - should be instrumental to that purpose. This belief drives my involvement with the project and my ambitions as a U.S. chapter board member. Because my new home country is a huge place with over 300 million people in it, we have to work extra hard to involve a broad representation of the U.S. population in OSM. We need local community leaders to achieve that, folks who share my conviction that OSM is a people project first and foremost. I try to be one of those folks. That is why OSM perhaps doesn't have every building or bus stop here in Salt Lake City, but we do have monthly GeoBeers, a strong relationship with the local University and schools, and a fast growing local group of mappers. As a board member I want to ensure that folks in other places across the U.S. have everything they need to step up and be a community leader - be it tools, confidence, resources.
Oh and finally:
Other things of note
This is a message I sometimes send out to new local mappers.
I was program co-chair for and involved in organizing the 2009 International and 2012 and 2013 US State Of The Map conferences.
Getting in touch
I do not subscribe to the OSM mailing lists, since I no longer believe they are a useful conduit for discussing the project. The exception, for now, is the talk-us mailing list.
I am almost always on IRC in #osm, #osm-dev and #osm-us as mvexel
Or just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org