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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 MapGive.state.gov..

About the Author

Troy K. Schneider is the Editor-in-Chief of both FCW and GCN, two of the oldest and most influential publications in public-sector IT. Both publications (originally known as Federal Computer Week and Government Computer News, respectively) are owned by GovExec. Mr. Schneider also serves GovExec's General Manager for Government Technology Brands.

Mr. Schneider previously served as New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company, where he oversaw the online operations of The Atlantic Monthly, National Journal, The Hotline and The Almanac of American Politics, among other publications. The founding editor of NationalJournal.com, Mr. Schneider also helped launch the political site PoliticsNow.com 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, WashingtonPost.com, Slate, Politico, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.

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

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