OSM Awards 2018
Core Systems Award
For outstanding contributions to any of the core tools, systems, processes or resources. Not limited to systems under OSMF control. The Rails port, osm2pgsql, openstreetmap-carto, iD, JOSM, mapnik and any other tool that mappers use on a daily basis, knowingly or not, are eligible.
For the best new service or approach. New tools for contributing data, image recognition, trace or OSM data analysis, new mapping approach or new perspective on old tools.
Influential Writing Award
For the best tutorial, documentation, blog or a blog post. A text or series of texts that attracted many new people to OSM, provided an interesting outlook on the project, or inspired the community to do better things.
Greatness in Mapping Award
For significant contributions to the map data, or exemplary mapping: micro-mapping, clean-up, mapping towns from scratch, proper imports.
Tshedy's (Mats’eliso Thobei) work should be well known in the OSM Community: she has been the most active mapper in Lesotho more or less since she started mapping 3 years ago, and has long since had the nickname of the "Lesotho Mapping Queen". In addition to her commitment to mapping she has has written blog posts, trained other mappers. More recently she has been actively mapping in Ireland, contributing Mapillary traces and taking a leading role in the establishment of the OSM-Ireland chapter.
The extensive and precisely mapping he has done in the Huesca and Pyrenees area. Including all the buildings in Huesca in 3D, sidewalks kerbs, trees, lamps, benches... The amount of detail the city now has thanks to him is incredible.
For his unrelenting mapping of developing countries, especially Turkey and China, and for being the most active editor on OpenStreetMap.
Zors has mapped the Belgium road network since the beginning. For all his work, he deserves a big thanks; I wanted to do this in the form of this nomination.
Expanding the Community Award
For efforts in expanding the community. Not only geographically, but also in diversity, into humanitarian sector or government.
- Christine Karch,
Christine puts a lot of work into organising events that gather OpenStreetMap communities across borders. She organises hack weekends so that developers can come together to finish of essential code for OpenStreetMap. She's been on the working group for State of the Map for many years, including times when it needed a strong core team to make difficult decisions. Christine has expanded botyh the developer OpenStreetMap community and the general OpenStreetMap community, both in Europe and worldwide.
- Andrew Braye,
Andrew has been key in ensuring the Missing Maps community evolves in a sustainable way, and ensuring operational use of map data and improving mapping quality is key to the Missing Maps mission. Through Missing Maps we are able to engage large volumes of people, and new types of contributors to OpenStreetMap, for example the Missing Maps community has a near even gender balance. Growing Missing Maps = growing diversity in OpenStreetMap, and empowering local communities to contribute to the map. Thanks Andrew for driving positive evolution for Missing Maps!
- Rory McCann,
For constantly trying to make the community more diverse, and warning about potential issues for minorities. He is very active in the diversity mailing list, that he revived, offering advice and coming up with ideas on improving the diversity.
- Seppe Santens,
Passion of using OpenStreetMap both personally and for the benefit of Ghent citizens.
Improving the Latin America Award
For building the community and improving the map in South and Central Americas, from Mexico to Chile and Argentina.
- OpenstreetMap Mexico,
The Mexican OSM Community, led by Miriam González and Celine Jacquin has worked hard to generate projects that bring close the academy, the students, and also very strongly to the humanitarian community to their mapping activities. Also, they've built a strong response team for the earthquake in Mexico and have conducted massive mapathons with universities.
- Luis Miguel Sánchez Zoque,
A sociologist and human rights defender with OSM at core of all daily work. Started participating at humanitarian projects with OSM, first using OSM over ushahidi (data at https://data.humdata.org/organization/redhumus-org). Also used OSM to improve the map of Urabá region of Colombia, top of most affected by armed conflict. Learned how to use OSM to register and visualise all traces (see field work examples at http://redhumus.org/redhumus/default/betawiki/cartografias and http://mapas.redhumus.org/memoria/comunicacioneschilapastrackmap.html). Used OSM for social research of Embera indigenous displacement with INCCA University. Helped communities to empower and use their own maps: Salgar Antioquia and Mocoa with not only mapping, leading workshops also http://blog.openstreetmap.co/2017/05/07/taller-mapeo-mocoa/ . Present projects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okMhDhwUy4I and Mapping Rionegro using fieldpapers and Mapillary, a truly affected by armed conflict rural village http://transhuman.redhumus.org/2017/08/10/iv-festival-riopaz-mapeando-a-rionegro-caqueta/
- Natalia da Silveira Arruda,
Professor at the University of Antioquia (UdeA), and coordinator of the UdeA Youthmappers’ chapter, which was created in August 2016. Became interest to work with open data and humanitarian mapping at the University via initial coordination of an informal community in the city of Cartagena de Indias/ Colombia (http://mapcartagena.wixsite.com/map-cartagena).
Trains students in OSM, and coordinates the chapter’s participation in different mapathons. So far has trained more than 200 students. Was also a co-investigators of the project selected by HOT Microgrants 2017: “Humanitarian mapping of coastal wetlands and fishing livelihoods for resilience to climate change and variability (Urabá Gulf, Southern Caribbean, Colombia)” (https://www.hotosm.org/updates/2017-04-20_hot_microgrants_2017_results)
Improving the Africa Award
For building the community and improving the map in African countries.
- Crowd2Map Tanzania,
Crowd2Map is a volunteer-run mapping project that unites over 2,000 remote mappers worldwide with over 600 community mappers on the ground in Tanzania. Their mission is to put rural Tanzania on the map! Since 2015, they have been adding schools, hospitals, roads, buildings and villages to OpenStreetMap. They have experiences and approaches that the wider OSM community should celebrate and learn from!
- Samaila Alio and OSM Niger,
I'd like to nominate Samaila Alio and OSM Niger for their work growing the community in Niger over the past year. With the help of a HOT Microgrant, they have provided OSM training to 143 people, and improved gender balance in their community, mapping 177506 edits in OSM.
Dedicated to mapping Lesotho and improving the future of her country. She has taught students in secondary school in Ireland to map and at home to help bring a country that hasn't been properly mapped into the 21st century. She is also studying planning to extend her skills and will be using open data to both train locals and keep the data accessible and customized for for the needs of the people.
Improving the Asia Award
For building the community and improving the map in Asian countries, from Arabian Peninsula to Japan and Indonesia.
- State of the Map Asia 2017 organizing team,
The organizing team successfully brought nearly 200 open mapping enthusiasts from Asia and beyond to 2017 SotM Asia held in Nepal. The event provided an opportunity to share knowledge and experience among mappers; expand their network; and generate ideas to expand map coverage and effective use of OSM data in the Asian continent. The team also brought a government panel from several different countries and opened up the conversation about government buy-in into the OSM movement. Overall, there was representation from over 20 countries and for many of them it was the first time representing their country in an OSM conference.
For being a long-time contributor to India, Bangladesh, Nepal and their neighbouring countries. His work on translating name tags to Kannada is outstanding. https://taginfo.openstreetmap.in/keys/name:kn#map He helped other contributors and newbies.
- Eugene Alvin Villar,
Eugene has been contributing to OSM since 2007 and helped to grow the local community and promote OSM in the Philippines by organizing mapping parties, conducting workshops, and giving presentations since 2009. Also part of the core group of OSM volunteers in the Philippines (they help maintain/moderate the various communication channels, wiki pages, and online presence of the community).
In addition to OSM, Eugene is also an active Wikimedian and is keen to build more bridges between the OSM and Wikimedia communities. Gave presentations about OSM at Wikimania 2014 and WikidataCon 2017.
Ulf Möller Memorial Award
To individual contributors for making a difference to the OpenStreetMap project, through good mapping, benefit to the community and other improvements to the OSM. Any member who's been active at any time since 2004 is eligible for this award.
- Russell Deffner,
For leading the Humanitarian OSM Activation Working Group. Russ led the response to Hurricane Maria mapping in Puerto Rico, supported 5 other disaster activations, and coordinated 5000 mappers to join the efforts to support vulnerable communities through mapping in OSM. Russ gives a huge amount of his personal time to grow OSM to support communities vulnerable to or affected by disasters worldwide, and really deserves this recognition.
- Ralph Aytoun,
I'd like to nominate Ralph who is a legendary OSM contributor. Ralph has mapped in 93 countries, mapping extensively in his local area as well as contributing to Humanitarian tasks mainly through validation. Ralph also trains new validators at regular mapathons in the UK to grow the validation community, and travels all over the UK to support new mapathon leaders get set up. He also gives a lot of free time to support community building activities e.g. microgrants. Thanks Ralph!
- Simon Poole,
Simon is a very active mapper, main developer of Vespucci (OSM editor for Android), a very active member of the Licensing Working Group and has served as chairman of the OpenStreetMap Foundation.
- Richard Fairhurst,
Besides an endless row of contributions to both OpenStreetMap data and software, for the development of Potlatch 1 and 2, without OpenStreetMap as we know it today would likely not exists. As they provided the easy entry to OpenStreetMap that previously was missing.