UPDATE: I got elected! Looking forward to this challenge a lot. I wish there was a stronger mandate from the community – there really weren’t very many votes. This is one of the things we will focus on: getting more people to join the OpenStreetMap US Chapter, and give them good reasons why they should.
The board of the US Chapter has run its term and it’s time for elections! After a nomination period which ended a second before midnight today, the voting period has now begun. This means that any paid up member of the OpenStreetMap US Chapter can cast their vote for up to five of the nominees. The details are all here, including the list of nominees.
Needless to say, if you care about the OpenStreetMap in the US, be it as a community member or as a (potential) user, it is in your interest to have a US Chapter board in place that serves to support the US OpenStreetMap community and its user base. If you’re not a member of the US Chapter yet, you can sign up now and be eligible to vote immediately – voting is open until this Sunday.
If you want to learn more about the US Chapter, head over to the OpenStreetMap.us web site. The OpenStreetMap Wiki has some more information about the proposed relationship between the local chapters and the OpenStreetMap Foundation. The Foundation also runs a Working Group that is looking into formalizing the Local Chapter idea.
Surprisingly – to me at least – is that only one of the current board members is running again. With so little experience carried over, it’s going to be a big challenge for the new board to settle into a good routine, picking up best practices from the current and past boards.
Also, I would have liked to see more candidates to choose between.
As I am running for a seat on the board as well, I will not discuss the individual nominees. Luckily, most of them have responded to my call to put up a manifesto, so you can make an informed voting decision if you – like me – do not know all the candidates personally.