Mapper since: March 01, 2014

As of December 23, 2019, chairperson of the OSM Foundation board of directors. Also on the advisory board of the Caspian Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.

Retired U.S. diplomat previously assigned to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, for 4-1/2 years. Equipment includes Samsung Galaxy (Android) and LG Phoenix 4 (Android) with Mapillary, MAPS.ME, and 32Gb SD cards for mass collection of ground-level imagery; 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:

GeoMob’s podcast interview of me on OSM Foundation issues is here:

My address “Winds of Change” in OSM to SOTM 2020 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 U.S. State Department blog about my mapping in Turkmenistan is here:

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