[HOT] New HOT voting members approved!

Stéphane Henriod s at henriod.info
Wed Feb 5 09:11:07 UTC 2014

Hi all

my turn to jump on the stage :-)

I am Stéphane, from Switzerland, geographer and GIS advocate. I am
currently leading the GIS activities of the Swiss Federal Statistical
Office but, prior to that, I have spent about 2.5 years in Central Asia
(mainly in Tajikistan and more marginally in the neighboring countries)
implementing GIS projects in a wide variety of fields (irrigation, tourism,
Wildlife and Forestry management, disaster risk management...). I have
always tried to promote open-source software, for many reasons that I
obviously don't need to explain to the folks on this list!

I came to know OSM in 2010 after the Haiti earthquake but it's not until
late 2011 that I have actually started being somewhat active. Central Asia
is what I like to call a *data-poor *environment, where acurate and
up-to-date spatial data is either non-existent or not easily available. OSM
quickly appeared to me like an obvious solution to all the data-related
challenges I (and others) have been facing in the region. I have been ever
since trying to advocate and sell the OSM concepts and tools to various
development and humanitarian actors there.

In 2012 I have been a founding member of the SOSM, Swiss OpenStreetMap
association and have been a HOT field coordinator for the EUROSHA project
in Kenya and Burundi.

If you want to know more about my mapping:
http://yosmhm.neis-one.org/?shenriod and http://hdyc.neis-one.org/?shenriod

I look forward to working more closely with all of you to make the world an
open map!



"Le mot progrès n'aura aucun sens tant qu'il y aura des enfants malheureux"
-- Albert Einstein

"Si les contacts avec les étrangers lui étaient permis, [le citoyen
ordinaire] découvrirait que ce sont des créatures semblables à lui-même et
que la plus grande partie de ce qu'on lui a raconté d'eux est fausse. Le
monde fermé, scellé, dans lequel il vit, serait brisé, et la crainte, la
haine, la certitude de son bon droit, desquelles dépend sa morale,
pourraient disparaître" -- George Orwell ("1984")

Photos de voyages, photos de montagne: http://www.henriod.info

2014-02-03 Jaakko Helleranta.com <jaakko at helleranta.com>:

> Dear all new HOT voting members, FYI all "old" voting members & the HOT
> community at large,
> I'm happy to announce that the nominations of and elections for new HOT
> voting members have resulted in 18 new voting members for HOT! Welcome all!
> The new voting members list is below.
> We'll be arranging (first ever) orientations to the new voting members in
> the next two weeks to make sure that everyone knows what (all things) HOT
> is, how the organization operates and what is the role of voting members.
> E.g. we'll be electing a Chair (person) for the organization and a new
> board in the coming weeks. But we'll contact you separately on all this.
> .. Should there be "old" voting members who'd like to pitch in to
> preparing / doing the orientations, please get in contact.
> So, again, welcome all! And thanks to Boris and Kate for making the
> nomination/election process happen.
> If you want you're most welcome to reply with a blurb about you and how
> you got/are involved with HOT, your HOT story, if you may. I wrote mine at
> the bottom for a sort of an example. In fact, thinking about it, I think
> it wouldn't be a bad thing is also some (other) old members also feel
> inclined to write their HOT story. Good to know who's who in this zoo and
> where are people coming from :) . Perhaps we could even post these stories
> someone online - under an About us section at our website? Just a thought..
> But now: The new voting members of HOT!
>   *New voting member*  Amadou Ndong  Andrew Buck  Augustin Doury  Awa
> Laye Dia  Bass Thiam  Claire Halleux  Dale Kunce  Emir Hartato  François-Xavier
> Lamure Tardieu  Jorieke Vynche  Maning Sambale  Rafael Ávila Coya  Russell
> Deffner  Sam Larsen  Samuel Paul Alce  Stéphane Henriod  Will Skora  Yohan
> Boniface
> That is quite an impressive list, eih!?
> My "HOT story":
> Originally from Finland, moved to the US (DC) over 10 years ago. I got
> involved with HOT during the Haiti earth quake of 2010 and when I lived in
> Haiti for 3 years. I've done most of my mapping<http://hdyc.neis-one.org/?jaakkoh>in Haiti and Dominican Republic and I've worked in the field with HOT (in
> Haiti) and pitched into developing some new projects for HOT.
> Currently living in Nicaragua trying to learn Spanish and getting engaged
> with the local mapping community (http://mapanica.net).
> HOT is hot because I think that (it's obvious by now that)
> Open(Street)Mapping can have a huge positive impact in humanitarian work
> and making (economic) development work better.
> http://osm.org/user/jaakkoh & http://about.me/jaakkoh
> What's your HOT story?
> With welcoming regards,
> -Jaakko
> --
> jaakko at helleranta.com * Skype: jhelleranta * Mobile: +505-8845-3391 (Nicaragua)
> * Voice(mail) / SMS / What's app: +1-202-730-9778 *
> http://about.me/jaakkoh
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