August 06, 2016

State of the Map US 2016

Tom Gertin of the DOS/HIU and I spoke at State of the Map US 2016. It was my first time presenting at a conference related to my work…the only other time I spoke was at a conference related to the statistical method I used in my Master’s thesis. If you are interested, you can watch the video above or checkout the slides here.

We spoke about our respective office’s use of the Virtual Foreign Service Internship program. The program allows students attending college, be it undergraduate or graduate school to work 8 - 12 hours a week in support of a Federal Deparment or Agency. In our case, we had eleven students mapping in OpenStreetMap to add data in the locations where our offices are working.

Our interns did a great job contributing 460 Changesets for 19,246 individual changes (big shout out to Thad Kerosky for helping pull those stats!).

It was a fun experience, good practice speaking in front of an audience and I learned a lot. Hopefully I will be working on something interesting enough to be able to speak at events once a year.