[HOT] Leaving my Missing Maps job

Blake Girardot bgirardot at gmail.com
Tue Feb 28 15:09:55 UTC 2017

Hi Pete,

Congrats on your success making mapping more a part of MSF's work and
on the new gig!

One of the very best things about volunteering with HOT and Missing
Maps has been the opportunity to meet, hangout and work with you and
through your efforts support MSF's incredible work.

I am so glad that you will stay a part of the HOT community.

Best wishes

On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 5:19 PM, Pete Masters
<pedrito1414 at googlemail.com> wrote:
> Hello all, I hope you are well...
> Apologies for using the mailing list to send a personal message, but I feel
> like (and hope) it isn't inappropriate.
> My time as coordinator for Missing Maps at MSF is coming to an end - last
> week I accepted a new position within MSF working on innovation process and
> how we better approach field problems and opportunities. I wanted to let
> this community know personally for a few different reasons....
> Firstly, to say thanks for the education. It has been an absolute pleasure
> to work with such a varied bunch of dedicated, passionate and clever people.
> I have been an MSF fanboy for a long time and I am now a HOT and OSM fanboy
> too. My job over the past two and a half years has been to try, as much as
> possible, to find the overlaps and opportunities between these two (very
> different) organisations and communities. As I hope you have noticed, I have
> tried to connect the dots between what the HOT and Missing Maps community
> can do for MSF and the impact that that volunteering has on real people
> (both our staff in the field and our patients).  What you probably don't
> know is that I also evangelise HOT / OSM within MSF - not just for the
> mapping, but for the principles of openness and teamwork and sharing that
> make mapping and collaborating on such a scale possible.
> Secondly, because you should know that what you have accomplished during
> this past two and a half years through HOT activations and Missing Maps
> projects is pretty unprecedented in MSF. Operational people and medical
> people within MSF now *expect* to be able to rely on Missing Maps and HOT to
> deliver data for decision making in the places we work. The quality of your
> work and the dedication you show (often at very short notice) has taken the
> project from a suspiciously viewed, disruptive, unorthodox and often
> misunderstood project in MSF into a tool that the people delivering aid on
> the ground value and want. That's huge.
> Thirdly, I appreciate that there are massive challenges ahead. Discussion
> started by Fred on validation is high up that list. As is the scale of the
> supply and demand from organisations like MSF. As is how we leverage the
> data these organisations are collecting on the ground as part of their
> day-to-day to enrich the OSM database (but including how we do that in a
> resposible and sustainable way). I have no doubt that together we (I fully
> intend to stay a part of the HOT community despite the change in day job)
> can address these challenges and whatever comes after. I would like to offer
> this opportunity to feed back to me any thoughts you may have on the future
> of Missing Maps and MSF or any other feedback you may have.
> Lastly, there is going to be a very cool job available at MSF UK. Not an
> easy job by any means (the phrase jack of all trades doesn't do it justice),
> but a massively fulfilling one. Knowing the talent available amongst you,
> I'd strongly encourage you to take a look when the job is advertised.
> That's it really. It's not goodbye by any means and I look forward to
> continuing these discussions beyond the end of my MSF Missing Maps job...
> Apologies for the lack of brevity!
> Cheers,
> Pete
> --
> Pete Masters
> Missing Maps Project Coordinator
> +44 7921 781 518
> missingmaps.org
> @pedrito1414
> @theMissingMaps
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