[Talk-us] Statistics of board candidate edits

Steven Johnson sejohnson8 at gmail.com
Sun Oct 5 00:36:43 UTC 2014

+1 Hear, hear! Thank you, Robin for an eloquent response. 


Sent from my electronic tether. 

> On Oct 4, 2014, at 12:42, Robin Tolochko <robin.tolochko at gmail.com> wrote:
> I considered not running for the board because of the low number of edits that I've done, but ultimately decided that I have a lot to contribute to OSM in other ways. It is anyone's prerogative to not vote for someone while taking edits into account, but I want to explain why I decided to run despite my low number of edits.
> I recently moved back to the U.S. after living in Bogota, Colombia, for the last four years. While living there, I used OSM data regularly in my job as a cartographer at an NGO and ran OSM workshops for local university students. I just moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where I am starting up a Maptime chapter and plan to do an introduction to OSM as our first session. I have been wanting to get more involved with OSM, and I realized that I could put my community outreach and organizing to use by running for the board.
> As I and many other nominees stated, it's important to get new people involved. But editing OSM can be quite intimidating to a new person, and I would make it a priority to improve the on-ramp. I also think that we should take advantage of existing learning networks, like universities, to spread awareness of OSM and recruit more contributors. I know that these are ambitious goals, and they may take more than a year, but those would be my priorities on the board.
> I don't think it would be wise for the OSM U.S. board to be comprised entirely of inexperienced mappers, but I think it could benefit from having someone on board who brings a fresh perspective and could even be considered an "outsider." The future success of OSM, after all, depends on bringing more outsiders into the fold. Also, I did not make the decision to run for board lightly. I recognize that it would be a serious time and energy commitment, but serving on the board would take advantage of my strengths to give back to an organization that I deeply believe in.
> I'm happy to talk with anyone, so please feel free to reach out to me via email or Twitter. 
> Saludos,
> Robin
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