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.
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.
The Ramani Huria blog captures the work of Tanzanian Community members, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap and the World Bank in mapping vulnerability and urban flood resilience in Dar es Salaam: http://ramanihuria.org/news/ The blog is updated very regularly, and shares practices, methodology, and innovative use of open mapping tools, which can be replicated by other projects worldwide.
For pricking the pomposity of the geo industry in general and OpenStreetMap in particular, faithfully recording the screwups of Google Maps, and tirelessly reminding us all why we shouldn't use what3words.
Serge has contributed to OSM in manifold ways over the years. However, it is in his writing that he has shown an uncanny ability to say important things about OSM in a way which is accessible to a very board section of the tech community. I believe two articles, one very positive("Why the World Needs OSM", 2014; syndicate in The Guardian Newspaper), the other very negative ("OSM is in Serious Trouble". 2018) have reached more readers, and generated more comment than any other pieces on OSM in the past 5 years.