Did you know that Maptime and Code for America are best of friends? There’s so much overlap between the two organizations, you could probably call us cousins. We decided to go with best friends instead.
Today, Code for America announced its 2015 class of fellows, which includes a whopping four Maptime organizers! Huge congrats to:
A huge congratulations to our lovely maptimer fellows!
We’d also like to take this opportunity to point out that there are at least a few Maptime chapters that have been born out of Code for America brigades, including MaptimeHRVA (born from Code for Hampton Roads), MaptimeTulsa (born from Code for Tulsa), MaptimeMIA (born from Code for Miami and MaptimePR (born from Code for Puerto Rico). Are you involved in your local Code for America brigade and hankering for a Maptime in your area? Talk about it with your fellow civic hackers and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Today is #GISDay and it’s also our first #MaptimeNontupleConjunction! Yes you read right, nine #Maptimes in the same day! We’ve got California covered with #MaptimeSF and #MaptimeLA, and #MaptimeCorvallis is repping the great Northwest with their second meetup. In the center of the country #MaptimeBoulder is teaming up with OpenStreetMap to do some food security mapping. On the East Coast we have #Maptime powerhouses #MaptimeNYC and #MaptimeBoston working their open source and open data magic. Canada won’t be left out, with #MaptimeWindsorEssex giving some #Maptime love to Western Ontario and the Greater Detroit Area. Last but not least, overseas we are welcoming #MaptimeAmsterdam and #MaptimeJohannesburg into the #Maptime fold! Maptime <3 <3 <3 worldwide!
Maptime is proud to announce the release of our new website! We recently migrated from WordPress to the dynamic duo of Jekyll and GitHub Pages. Getting involved and contributing ideas to Maptime is now easier than ever.
Static website generators like Jekyll are great. They strip out a lot of complexity of traditional Content Management Systems like configuring databases, security, and servers. Now-a-days putting together a website with Jekyll and serving it for free with GitHub Pages is a snap. This combination of tools for hackers, tinkerers, and learners has been a perfect match for Maptime. Since we’re built on top of the GitHub ecosystem it’s easy for folks to let us know about any problems they might run in to, suggest new features, or get involved in other ways.
Here’s a quick tour of some of the newest features:
When we started Maptime back in June 2013, it never really occurred to me that this little meeting would grow so quickly. As of today, we have more than 25 active chapters spread across North America and we are beginning to pepper Europe. While chapters all over have gotten going successfully – many thanks to Lyzi Diamond and Alan McConchie for their amazing work on that front – the community still has lots of questions about the organization itself. What kind of entity will Maptime become? How can Maptime take donations? What will Maptime do with the donations once we get them?
We’ve been working through the answers as we create our bylaws and work with our friendly neighborhood legal advisors. In the meantime – and in the interest of transparency and communicating in non-legalese – below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our budding organization and where it is going.
At Maptime we love OpenStreetMap. It is an amazing project where average people around the world can participate in mapping the world around them. But, like most open source projects, it has a serious problem with diversity. That’s one of the reasons we started Maptime: to open the doors of map-making to all kinds of people, including women, minorities, and other groups who have traditionally been underrepresented in the world of map-making.
The Ada Initiative is a group with a similar mission: to support women in open technology and culture. Maptime loves Ada, too, and we hope to foster more connections between OpenStreetMap and Ada.