[HOT] New HOT voting members approved!

Rafael Avila Coya ravilacoya at gmail.com
Thu Feb 6 01:37:31 UTC 2014

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Thank you all for counting with me on board! I'm very thankfull for
it, and also a bit overwhelmed by the responsability!

My name is Rafael Ávila Coya, and I am 46. I'm from Galicia, Spain (
http://osm.org/go/b9L8kE- ) and I've been IT teacher in several public
secondary schools of my region for the last 16 years.

In 1999 I discovered Linux and Free Software, and I've been advocating
for Free Knowledge ever since, teaching other teachers and
(continuously my) students the advantage of contributing to and
sharing knowledge with the community, giving talks here and there, and
translating different apps into Spanish and into our regional
language: Galician.

I discovered OpenStreetMap one day of May 2009, while I was conducting
an activity in my school for which we needed a free map. That day I
finally found the project I love the most in my life!

I heard about the Haiti mapping in 2010 and I was so amazed by the
quick response, that I wrote a blog post (
http://ravila.livejournal.com/30459.html ) about that. Unfortunately,
that time I still didn't know anything about (Yahoo) imagery, so I
didn't know how to help :(

I think I heard about HOT shortly before my first SoTM in Denver 2011.
There, I met Jaakko (by chance in the bus from the airport, quite
funny!), who told me about his activities in Haiti, and I attended to
some talks of HOT people, like Kate Chapman. My first mapping for HOT
came shortly after, for a cyclone simulation in Samoa in December that
year ( http://tasks.hotosm.org/job/17 ). Since that one, I mapped a
lot for many actions of HOT through the HOT TM: RDC (Walikale, Uvira,
Minova, Kitchanga...), Central African Rep., Ethiopia, Philippines,
Siria, Mali... (
). That's, by far, my biggest contribution to HOT up to now.

In sept. 2012, just before the Tokyo SoTM, I had the opportunity
(thanks again, Kate! ;) ) to participate in a HOT visit and workshop
of 2 days to two towns heavily destroyed by the 2011 tsunami (Otsuchi
and Kamaishi) in the NE of Japan, where I met other hotties like
Hameed Tasal and Katie Filbert.

And last year, during the SoTM 2013 in Birmingham, I met other members
of HOT in the HOT house, like Séverin Menard and Harry Wood. It was
quite challenging, as Internet was kind of hit and miss, but I could
manage to translate the Export tool into Spanish ;)

Last October I left my job for a few years, so I am now free to move
anywhere to contribute in whatever I may be of any help. At this time,
I am actively involved as volunteer giving my support for a European
Union Comenius project on OSM (it will last until June 2015),
involving 4 different schools from the UK, Germany, Romania and Spain.
One of the activities we are carrying out at this very moment is the
translation by students of the LearnOSM guide into Spanish and,
hopefully, into Romanian and German as well.

Apart from mapping, I can contribute to documentation and translation,
and to continue to give my opinions through the mailing list and the
IRC HOT channel. My highest priority now is to learn GIS tools, like
QGIS and, maybe, InaSafe.

I have already some ideas for the inmediate future, but I will leave
them for another posts ;)

I really like the words from Heather Leason, that I make mine too:

<<I firmly believe that every interaction (every contribution, every
edit) is a gift. With each action, you build the community and make
HOT even better.>>


Rafael Ávila Coya.

On 05/02/14 10:11, Stéphane Henriod wrote:
> 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!
> Cheers
> Stéphane
> -- "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 
> <http://www.henriod.info/>
> 2014-02-03 Jaakko Helleranta.com <jaakko at helleranta.com 
> <mailto: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 <mailto:jaakko at helleranta.com> * Skype: 
> jhelleranta * Mobile: +505-8845-3391 (Nicaragua) * Voice(mail) /
> SMS / What's app: +1-202-730-9778 <tel:%2B1-202-730-9778> *
> http://about.me/jaakkoh

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