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News — 21 December, 2011

Schuyler Erle and John Crowley join the board

We'd like to welcome two new members to the board of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team:

Schuyler Erle - Long time pioneer of open Source geo-hacking, co-founder of the OSGeo Foundation and co-author of "Mapping Hacks". Of course he is also a long time OpenStreetMapper and was an early proponent of OpenStreetMap for disaster response.

John Crowley - Instrumental in helping with the release of imagery for use in OpenStreetMap, requiring patience and strategy in interfacing between big government and more informal organizations. With his connections John will be able to help shape the HOT for funding and future collaborations.

Schuyler Erle and John Crowley contributed massively to the process of enabling and encouraging OpenStreetMap use in disaster response after the Haiti earthquake. See them together (along with Jeffrey Johnson) in this inspiring Where 2.0 presentation in 2010 (14 min video) as they look back at how OSM helped in Haiti.

The new board were elected (as announced on the HOT mailing list) along with accepting nominations for new HOT members, on Wed 14th December. Thankyou to all those who took part!

Photo of Schuyler Erle is CC-BY-SA-2 Chris Fleming