OpenStreetMap in Action!

For our November edition of GeoBLR we’ll talk about OpenStreetMap as infrastructure, and will have folks from Mapbox in town.

• Eric Gundersen + Alex Barth – How OpenStreetMap, the world’s largest open repository of spatial data powers Mapbox maps, and how they are improving it.

• Sajjad Anwar –  Moabi project  – using OpenStreetMap for monitoring natural resources extraction in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

• Nisha Thompson  – Datameet and how the community is helping address geodata problems in India


And we’ll open the space for questions and discussions over some beer!
Eric Gundersen – CEO, Mapbox – Eric coordinates product and business development. He got his start in the mapping and open data space at Development Seed, building open source tools for international development agencies.
Alex Barth – Mapbox – Alex is an open data expert with years of practice in developing and implementing open data strategies and solutions on behalf of multinational organizations like the United Nations and World Bank. At Mapbox, he leads the data team to raise the availability and quality of freely accessible open data such as OpenStreetMap or OpenAddresses.
Sajjad Anwar – is a hacktivist and programmer based in Bangalore. He works in the research and design of data infrastructure, analytics and infographics. He hearts maps and often makes one. He is found working with other technologists, social activists and, researchers in education, human rights and policy making.
Nisha Thompson – has a background in online community organizing. She has worked for the Sunlight Foundation in Washington DC, with online communities to use US government data to hold elected officials accountable. She moved to Bangalore in October 2010 where contributed to a research report on Open Government Data in India for the Centre for Internet and Society. Then was manager of the Data Project for Arghyam, a Trust that funds water and sanitation projects around the country.  She believes open information and data sharing can bring people together and allow them to better understand their society and how they can improve it.

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