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Mapper since: April 08, 2012 | Contributor terms: Accepted over 3 years ago

Who am I?

The name's Ethan. I'm a PhD candidate by day (and evening), many other things by night--including an OSM mapper. I map predominantly in rural areas of New Mexico, Wisconsin, and South Dakota. I'm also a member of the Data Working Group. I love the OSM community, open source, and open data!

What do I actually map?

I do a lot of tracing (buildings and footways/paths) and lining up of ways (roads and railways). You'd be surprised how expansive and old the TIGER desert truly is, especially in the above rural areas. Simple alignment with satellite imagery goes a long way for routers and aesthetics.

I also add POI information in areas that I am familiar with. I sometimes target areas and manually survey addresses or POIs, then come back home and add them. Finally, if I'm burned out on everything else, I will work on route relations--ordering them correctly and adding ones that don't exist.

I never import data on this account; everything I add is entered or drawn by hand.


Also found on the wiki and on Mapillary. I also serve as a contributor to the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team.

My profile used for Data Working Group business is FTA_dwg. For the DWG, I mostly focus on actively monitoring the South China Sea region (the Maritime Continent Sea), but I also deal with miscellaneous conflicts as they arise.


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