OpenStreetMap

mvexel

Mapper since:
June 10, 2007

Hi, thanks for stopping by!

I have been contributing to OSM as a mapper since 2007. I still map quite a bit. I have been helping organize SOTM US since 2013, making sure we deliver a broadly interesting program as chair of the program committee. I sat on the OSM US board previously from 2011-2016. I sat on the OSMF board from 2015 to 2017. At my previous employer, Telenav, I held OSM specific roles in data analysis, engineering and management from 2012 to 2019.

As an early contributor to OSM, I have gotten to know a lot of people in the global OSM community. Quite a few have become friends. I served on the OSMF board for three years. During that time, I learned a lot about the inner workings of the Foundation and gained a lot of respect for the work done by the Board and the Working Groups. In 8+ years of being involved in OSM professionally, I have also built a lot of relations in the corporate OSM space.

I am a founding member of and active contributor to the OSM US Slack community. I am the founding member of OpenStreetMap Utah. I built or helped build several tools to help the US community with TIGER cleanup and other mapping projects. At Telenav, I helped launch OpenStreetCam. Together with the OSM US board, we launched the OpenStreetCam Camera Lending Program. Before I moved to the U.S. in 2011, I was a founding member of OSM Netherlands. I have very fond memories of those early days, organizing mapping parties to collect GPS traces and notes to build up the map of Amsterdam from zero!

I built a few tools and libraries to serve the OSM community. Most well known is probably MapRoulette. See my Github profile for more.

I work for HERE Technologies, where I make maps as well. For more on my career, see my LinkedIn profile. My contributions to OSM, in whatever form, are on personal title unless otherwise stated.