[OSGeo-Discuss] Fwd: Charter Member Nomination: Stephen Mather

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Fri Sep 8 08:57:29 PDT 2017

Forwarding Stephen Mather nomination by Kristin Bott. The 2017 member 
nominations list was updated [1].

Best regards,
Vasile & Jeff
2017 OSGeo Elections CROs

[1] https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/New_Member_Nominations_2017

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Nominee: Stephen Mather - USA

Stephen has likely been most recently visible within the OSGeo community 
as the founder and an ongoing contributor to OpenDroneMap -- for which 
he received supportive grant funding in 2016; on which he has given 
numerous workshops, presentations, and trainings since its development; 
and through which he has partnered with a number of people and agencies 
to use geospatial technologies for humanitarian efforts and other 
applications in education, governmental work, and more.

Through mentoring within and beyond his professional role, Stephen 
encourages the development of geospatial skills in a variety of folk, 
and has recently served as a both mentor and a teacher in cooperative 
programs in Musanze, Rwanda in addition to partnering with students at 
the State University Zanzibar and the University of Rwanda on geospatial 

Stephen is very active in outreach efforts; the last three years have 
included workshops and presentations all over the globe on open source 
geospatial software and systems (with a notable concentration on drone 
systems/remote sensing applications) -- events include FOSS4G 
(2017,2015,2014), State of the Map Africa (2017), FOSS4G Africa (2017), 
State of the Map US (2016).

Technically, Stephen brings a wide range of expertise in across GIS 
packages/protocols/libraries, remote sensing, and variety of programming 
languages/libraries and is one of the co-authors of the PostGIS Cookbook.

I believe that with a combination of strong technical skills and a 
dedication to outreach/education in diverse communities, Stephen has 
brought a great deal to the OSGeo community for years, and will continue 
to do so.

-Kristin Bott

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