[Talk-us] US Chapter temporary Board Nomination
blake at hailmail.net
Fri Feb 12 21:50:10 GMT 2010
Along with a great group of nominees, I'm also honored to accept the
nomination for the temporary board of the US chapter of the OSM
As a temporary board member I would be committed to work on the the
processes, organizing, and paperwork that is needed to jump start the
Based on my role with the OSM community and my contacts in the
regional mapping community, I feel like I have the necessary skills
and background to contribute to the process.
My first involvement with OSM came through my contributions to the
Mapnik project and over the last several years I enjoyed collaborating
with huge range of OSM enthusiasts to make better maps with Mapnik.
I run an independent consultancy  doing web development and mapping
work mainly for non-profits, government environmental agencies, and
small startups. I'm very excited about helping facilitate more
involvement, contribution, and innovative uses of OSM by US agencies,
and I'm encouraged by the possibilities of a US Chapter.
I have a background in biology and GIS and before starting my own
company I previously managed the Conservation GIS program for a non-
profit called the Wild Salmon Center in Portland, OR, which took me
across the Western US, Alaska, and Russia doing mapping work. Now, I'm
based out of Seattle, and continue to work with clients doing
environmental mapping, some of whom are actively using OSM .
 As an example, for the haiti crisis I worked with NOAA to
integrate OSM data into their environmental response application: http://bit.ly/ERMA_NOAA
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