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Mikel Maron :: Building Digital Technology for Our Planet

Last Build Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2012 00:22:42 +0000


Kenyan Election Open Data

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 00:22:42 +0000

Election boundary and polling station geo data for Kenya can now be downloaded. Kenyans are gearing up for the presidential election in March, including the tech community projects like Uchaguzi and Map Kibera. One limiting factor is availability of data. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) finalized new constituency boundaries earlier this year, but […]

Moabi and Big Important Challenges for the GeoWeb

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:10:06 +0000

Recently finished a technical review of WWF’s Moabi platform, their geodata sharing platform to track deforestation, and came out with some important technical challenges for the GeoWeb I want to share with the mapping nerds. Just following TAI’s bridging session on natural resource governance, I met Charles Huang of the World Wildlife Fund at a […]

All I Want for OpenStreetMap is … Social and Attention

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:18:25 +0000

Kate posted her wishlist for OpenStreetMap and I second everything she wrote … OSM can be fine tuned to be even easier. In my wishlist post, I want to cover improving connections between mappers, and focusing mappers attention. In short, OSM should be more like Facebook. Seriously. A news feed should show you the most […]

When it comes to politics, crowds can be manipulated, but not communities

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 07:41:40 +0000

The women and children in the photo are suffering, and the story tells of hidden revolutionaries challenging brutal rule in all arenas, and victorious on the maps of the most powerful company on the planet. They’re renaming the infrastructure after revolutionary heroes. You can’t help but cheer on such clever efforts for freedom. Google supports […]

Only Possible With Open Data

Thu, 02 Feb 2012 19:35:43 +0000

Arguments about the importance of Open Data often come down to a principled stance, or a licensing discussion … that kind of argument doesn’t make much impression on folks who aren’t way in the weeds. And it’s more than just licensing … there are equal parts issues of legality, technical freedom, and community. Clear examples […]

A Week for the Record Books

Tue, 24 Jan 2012 13:09:12 +0000

That was a week where I really was truly and completely welcomed to DC. Some great things, some other things, and some things I can’t talk about yet. Social Technologies at the GWU Humanitarian Mapping Workshop View more presentations from mikel_maron Was invited to fill for Kate Chapman at the Mapping the World of Humanitarianism […]

Thanks to the 2012 OpenStreetMap Foundation Board. This is going to be the year.

Sat, 12 Nov 2011 02:32:46 +0000

Last weekend in Seattle, the OSM Foundation Board met “face-to-face”. We get together because no matter how much you try otherwise, there’s way more done in person in a couple intensive days. It cost about 4 or 5k USD this time, and it’s worth the cost. But, I think we’ve always done a terrible job […]

Opening Data in Kenya. My Method is to Hack.

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 18:03:21 +0000

There’s good reason to join the excitement about Open Data in Kenya. As Tariq says on the World Bank blog Open data in Kenya is special: it comes at a time of national change; it’s got a head start on tools and expertise from the global open data community and it’s happening in a country […]

Jerusalem, Moving the Ladder

Sun, 31 Jul 2011 16:19:11 +0000

(x-posted from GroundTruth Initiative) After 4 weeks, we’re leaving Jerusalem. The finest puzzle of human passion, and passion beyond, resting solidly and unsteadily on 5000 years or so of accumulated white stone and dirt. The most complicated and absurd and somehow, sometimes wonderful city. Our host Micha Kurz of Grassroots Jerusalem warned us that 4 […]


Thu, 05 May 2011 21:41:17 +0000

The past few months have most entirely been about discussing, strategizing, arguing, planning. Really missing actually doing stuff. So I decided to ignore the emails, concepts notes, budgets, design documents. Build something. Just small things, but cool things. Makes me happy. On the OpenStreetMap site, the history tab is super important for keeping tabs on […]