Candidacy for OpenStreetMap US Board

Posted by OpenBrian on 2 December 2016 in English (English)

I’d like to announce my candidacy for the OpenStreetMap US Board election. I’ve posted my Position Statement on my OSM wiki page. I’m especially supporting Local Communities. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Location: Mount Vernon, Warwick Village, Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Comment from jonwit on 7 December 2016 at 15:02

Thank you for running!! I think all your proposals are feasible but have questions about each.

“Share my Location”

Social media friendly OSM. Sounds like it could generate more interest. How easy is this to implement ($ or man hours?)

Single Sign On

Would be great but would the $ or effort be worth expending or used elsewhere such as more funding for local groups?


I like the idea. How would this work exactly? The current aggregator of osm news has a dedicated volunteer staff. Would this be a PR working group of OSM US?

Mapping Mayor

This has been already done before with semi-success. Would this encourage bad behavior? (i.e. bad mappers just going for numbers)

Comment from OpenBrian on 14 December 2016 at 17:17


“Share my Location” - already has a “share” feature. See the button on the right side of the map. However it’s not share my location on Twitter/Facebook. I want OSM mappers to say, “Hey I’m Here” and share that AND at the same time promote OpenStreetMap.

“Single Sing On” - I’m already using the Oauth provider by OpenStreetMap for my MappingDC Blog . Trac is next . So why doesn’t the wiki also use it? Does Help use it? It’s doable. I’m sure there are technical reasons. As a team we can work together to resolve this issue.

“WeeklyOSM.US” This idea comes from my fellow mapper friend Brandon Knight who runs a “newspaper” that automatically aggregates news articles and tweets about geospatial technology and human health issues. ( Though it’s not active now, the idea remains that bots could aggregate data. Some of us write diaries, many of us write blogs. Let’s set up a planet aggregator for US based articles.

“Mapping Mayor” - I don’t know if would encourage bad behavior, and by that I assume you mean poor mapping. Maybe we only open the came to those with over 500 edits. Maybe we count the number of tags edited instead of the number of nodes. Do you have more information about the failure? Was it on a mailing list.

In fact this failure is great news. Because it tells us what when wrong and points us in a direction on how to make it better.

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