OSM Awards 2018
This year, we are again presenting the OpenStreetMap Awards! Nine nominees will receive an award in nine categories at the State of the Map 2018 conference. This is a community award: you decide who the nominees are, before you vote for them.
Call For Nominees: Suggest a person, a group or an organization for an award. We only ask for three pieces of information: a name, a project (what did they do to claim an award), and optionally an URL for any web page that describes the project. Eligible is everything that was announced after 2017-07-01. The call for nominees ends on the 31th of May.
Improving the Latin America Award
For building the community and improving the map in South and Central Americas, from Mexico to Chile and Argentina.
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)
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/
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.