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March 01, 2014
Last map edit:
June 13, 2024

From December 23, 2019, to December 11, 2021, chairperson of the OSM Foundation board of directors. Currently one of five moderators of the osmf-talk and talk mailing lists as well as the general, general:tagging, and foundation channels of the community forum on Discourse, and a member of the OSMF Budget and Fundraising Committee.

I am also on the board of directors of American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras, a Virginia-based non-profit devoted to music education.

I am a retired U.S. diplomat previously assigned to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, for 4-1/2 years. Equipment includes RealMe 8 5G and Samsung Galaxy (both Android) with Mapillary and Organic Maps for mass collection of ground-level imagery and data; GoPro Hero 7 Black with 256Gb SD card; Garmin nüvi; and a Wintel desktop PC platform that includes Igor Brejc’s Maperitive program for generating both wall maps and street atlases. I also have a collection of Soviet-era military maps of Turkmenistan for researching municipalities, route numbers, and topographic features. SOTM 2019 voted me the Greatness in Mapping award for that year.

For those with a half hour to kill, my presentation on mapping in Ashgabat to SOTM 2016 in Brussels can be seen on YouTube here:

My banquet speech on mapping in Turkmenistan at NACIS 2019 can be seen, with slides, here:

Dermot McNally interviewed me in 2020 and the recording of that is here:

GeoMob’s first podcast interview of me on OSM Foundation issues is here: A second interview, on the 2021 community survey, is here:

My address “Winds of Change” in OSM to SOTM 2020 is here:

My keynote address to SOTM Europe 2023 is here:

You can see my contributions to OSM here: The OSM heat map is here:

You can see my contributions to the OSM wiki here: and here: If you are interested in helping map Turkmenistan, please review this documentation for some helpful information, and also take a look at the over 800,000 ground-level images collected so far using Mapillary.

An interview with me by OSM Belgium is here:

A short video plugging OpenStreetMap on the U.S. Embassy Ashgabat Facebook page is here: