[Talk-us] Statistics of board candidate edits

Martijn van Exel m at rtijn.org
Mon Oct 6 15:30:12 UTC 2014

David - sure, I would be happy to. I'm just going to cherry pick, I don't
really keep an OSM resumé.

* Founded and sustained local OpenStreetMap groups in Amsterdam and Salt
Lake City for 7+ years, organizing dozens of mapping and social events over
the years - sorry, I haven't kept track of numbers.
* Core team member of SOTM 2009 organizing committee, and SOTM US 2011-2014
organizing committees, SOTM US 2012-2014 program committees
* Secured funding for OpenStreetMap Netherlands that helped grow the early
community by purchase of GPS devices, sponsoring events.
* Organized and secured funding for code sprint days in London and Essen,
* Gave dozens of talks, workshops and lectures about OpenStreetMap at GIS
and telematics conferences and universities. Many by invitation.
* Built stuff like Battlegrid, MapRoulette - tools that help mappers find
useful things to do. This is not necessarily a skill that comes in handy
for board work, but hopefully demonstrates that I can and will also execute
on projects that combine stimulating community as well as long term map
quality improvement.
* Close ties to academia, currently representing OSM in the GEOTHINK
consortium (http://geothink.ca/). Taught GIS (including some OSM) at
academic level.
* I spend a lot of time (at least 6h/week) on OSM IRC channels and mailing
lists to make sure I know what's going on in the community (also outside
the US).

Also, my entire professional career has been focused 100% on GIS, maps,
open data, and since 2012 OSM.


On Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 8:24 AM, David Fawcett <david.fawcett at gmail.com>

> Excellent description of your experience, education, passion, and
> commitment Alyssa.
> Again, I think that the work that Alyssa has done shows that she has
> skills, experience, and a network that would be very valuable to the board,
> and fit what is needed to move OSM US forward.  I have seen of Alyssa's
> work in the open source geospatial area.  It is excellent, and her passion
> is obvious.
> The boards of companies that make products are not made up entirely of
> people who intimately understand the manufacturing processes for those
> products.  They include people who bring organizational, fiscal, legal,
> marketing, and other skills necessary to run the organization.
> An OSM US board member should know OSM, they should value and believe in
> it, and they should have skills and experience that will move the
> organization forward.  Having an extended history of 'on the ground' edits
> is not the only way (or necessarily a way) to demonstrate that.
> David.
> On Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 8:13 AM, alyssa wright <alyssapwright at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I'd be interested to hear if there has been a problem in the past with
>> board members' editing portfolio? If so, perhaps an appointment of
>> "editor-at-large" is actually something the next board should consider?
>> Regardless, I do agree that editing is one of the core aspects of the
>> OpenStreetMap community and mission and its important such perspective is
>> represented on the board. But just as diversity of people and experiences
>> is at the heart of what makes OSM great, I would imagine a diversity of
>> expertise rests at the heart of a great OSM board.
>> I also recognize that statistics can help put contributions to OSM in
>> perspective. Towards that goal, I've compiled some metrics that reflect my
>> commitment to the success of the OpenStreetMap community. I ask you to
>> consider these when voting for the next board.
>> Over the past year I have done the following:
>>    - Hosted 26 events on open data and mapping with a total attendance
>>    of 1575 people
>>    - Started the MaptimeNYC chapter and currently sit on its advisory
>>    board
>>    - Advocated extensively to 3 federal agencies and 5 city ones (DoITT,
>>    Capital, DOT, Criminal Justice, OEM) about OpenStreetMap.
>>    - Attended at least 27 open mapping and data conferences across the
>>    country, often with local state and government GIS departments
>>    - Currently submitting a proposal to host the next SOTM US
>> My *entire* professional career has been in advocation for the adoption
>> of open geospatial technologies and data, first at OpenGeo/Boundless and
>> most currently at Mapzen. My *entire* graduate education at NYU and MIT
>> centered on maps as a tool of empathy. I have a passion (and talent) for
>> bringing people together to find their own voice and contributions to
>> mapping and I will continue to bring such extensive experience to the OSM
>> community, regardless of role.
>> Best,
>> Alyssa.
>> On Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 2:07 AM, Clifford Snow <clifford at snowandsnow.us>
>> wrote:
>>> On Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 8:21 PM, Paul Norman <penorman at mac.com> wrote:
>>>> While a candidate may have other skills, I'd want to hear from them in
>>>> their manifesto why those skills make up for their complete lack of
>>>> OpenStreetMap experience, and why they would be more able to apply those
>>>> skills as a board member, rather than volunteering them without being a
>>>> board member.
>>> Paul,
>>> I would hope we are selecting candidates with the skills needed to serve
>>> on the US Chapter's Board. It seems the two biggest functions are finance
>>> and the running of the SOTM-US conference. We are not selecting
>>> editor-in-chief. My experience in selecting board members for non profits
>>> is to find the best individual to fill the needs of the organization. These
>>> usually include the ability to raise monies, organize, communicate and
>>> plan. Additionally, in some positions, leadership skills are necessary.
>>> We all know great mappers, but not many would do well on the Board. On
>>> the other hand, we know of people that have no mapping experience but would
>>> do great on our board.
>>> Let elect individuals that can help us grow OSM. Ask yourself which of
>>> the candidates will best serve the needs of the community? If you do, I
>>> think you'll see that the number of edits has little to do with serving on
>>> the Board.
>>> Clifford
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