My name is Jonathan Witcoski. I am running for 2015 OSM US Board.
I joined OpenStreetMap November 7,2014 as part of a HOT MissingMaps party hosted by the Red Cross at their headquarters in D.C. I have participated in many Missing Maps mapping parties since then. Along with participating with HOT I began mapping my hometown in Northeastern Pa. For the last year I have also dug deeper into the OpenStreetMap and and companies that use it (i.e mapbox, cartodb) API and tutorials. I have also attended the State of the Map 2015 in New York City and presented at HOT Summit 2015 in Washington D.C. I also learned about OpenStreetMap US, joined a few days ago! I would like to play a greater role in OpenStreetMap by being apart of the OSM US Board.
I can bring many of my professional experiences to the table for the OpenStreetMap community. From 2009-2014 I worked on a project known as Homeland Infrastructure Foundation – Level Data HIFLD. The project mimics OpenStreetMap at a inter-federal governmental level in that it focused on capturing federal, state, and local government geospatial information and then distributing it as base data for the federal, state, and local governments to use. This experience has taught me a lot of about data license agreements and the hassle it is to get agencies to change their policies on sharing.
As a board member I would help however possible including:
1.) Encouraging participation from colleges and universities. Training future professional geographers that there is more than just official data sources. Scholarships to conferences, encouraging professors to incorporate it into his curriculum, more meetups.
2.) Living near D.C. I am very close to many federal agencies and could help facilitate discussions with them about openstreetmap and participating.