Thank you for taking the time to read my personal statement. For those who don’t know me, my name is Daniela Waltersdorfer, but most people call me Dani. I work for a Transportation Consultant Firm as a Transportation Analyst, meaning I do a lot of transportation planning and GIS spatial analysis. I always had a fascination for the movement of people and goods, and I suppose it all started with my love and appreciation for maps… which started at a young Age as I devoured atlases and would spend hours talking to my grandpa about his time surveying and mapping the Amazon for the Peruvian Air Force (imagine that!).
I made my first OSM edit about five years, ago, some months before I attended my first ever State of the Map US. I had heard about the project, but was a bit intimidated. At first I thought it would be too “Techy” for me, and that I could not become a member of the community. Thankfully, I was exposed to some active OSMers in Miami and a love story began. After my first edit I learned the power of OSM, the power anyone from anywhere in the world has to help complete our map, to help during natural disasters, to help build open-source transit applications, to just have fun. I cannot say I am a super active editor, but I am passionate about the project and the community. I am incredibly grateful for my first State of the Map US, where I had the pleasure of meeting some of my best friends.
I like to stay active and give my time to various communities, especially the mapping one. As the former leader of Maptime Miami, I ran OSM mapathons and always, even if it was not a schedule mapathon-day, spoke about OSM so that our members could be aware of this awesome resource. While a grad student, I led an OSM Education class for some of the Obama Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) winners and taught a class on GIS Principles and the Basics of Mapping on OSM at The Metropolitan Center ( a South Florida Think Tank) to some members of the South Florida Community. Now, I am one of the co-organizers of Maptime Boston.
As a member of the OSMUS Board, I would like to work on making the community even more welcoming. I don’t want anyone to think they have to be a developer, a transportation engineer, or a cartographer to be part of OSMUS. This project is for everyone, and we have the tools and resources available to help new comers. I would love for others to get to know us, to meet us, and hopefully make new friends. Although I do push for more OSMUS education, whether it be in the workplace or thru the running of Maptime Boston, I would dedicate more of my time and energy to start outreach initiatives to let all OSMUS users they have the support and appreciation of the Board. I am well aware that I don’t have such an extensive history and experience as my fellow candidates, but I promise to learn, listen from you, and give it my all.
I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Please feel free to reach out:
OSMUS Slack: @Dwaltersdorfer
Thank you for your time!
*Do you support the proposed amendment to the OpenStreetMap-US Bylaws (extending board terms)?
I believe extending the terms of Board Members would be beneficial so get change/things done. A year sounds like a long time, but it sure does go fast!
*What will you do on the board that you couldn’t do as a regular member of the OSM community?
Have more exposure to get some fundraising and outreach done.
*The OSM US website could use some refreshing, show our mission and goals and list our sponsors. Even incorporate a vector tile slippy map. Who wants to step up with a plan?
Happy to help with as much as I can!