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Video: State's new push to recruit citizen mappers

Early in 2013, the State Department's Imagery to the Crowd initiative began sharing satellite imagery with the OpenStreetMap community to improve maps of potential crisis areas. Now the agency's MapGive project is making it easier for would-be mappers to turn those pictures into valuable geodata.

Released on Jan. 14, this video features the U.S. Agency for International Development's Shadrock Roberts, the State Department's Joshua Campbell and a host of OpenStreetMap partners explaining why maps matter and how ordinary citizens can contribute. More information on the project can be found at

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Troy K. Schneider is editor-in-chief of FCW and GCN.

Prior to joining 1105 Media in 2012, Schneider was the New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company. The founding editor of, Schneider also helped launch the political site in the mid-1990s, and worked on the earliest online efforts of the Los Angeles Times and Newsday. He began his career in print journalism, and has written for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times,, Slate, Politico, National Journal, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.

Schneider is a graduate of Indiana University, where his emphases were journalism, business and religious studies.

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