Update: Joshua Campbell, aka @disruptivegeo, Winner of Bold Award
And, yes, he won a Bold Award! He was one of seven winners from the 19 finalists. As reported:
Joshua Campbell, a State Department geographer, won for building a process to create and share free geographical data.
And a shout out to the NOAA team, who also used geospatial:
David Wiley of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration led a team to produce Whale Alert, a mobile app to prevent endangered right whales from colliding with ships.
Here in Massachusetts we love our right whales...
It's fitting these were announced during Geography Awareness Week on GIS Day!
--- original post 8/27/13 ---
I'm generally pretty blasé about awards, but this is an exception.
The Nextgov editorial staff has selected 19 finalists for Bold Awards from more than 180 nominations. The honors recognize federal employees who have taken risks to implement innovative programs that make government more effective.
Since this is someone I actually know, who is actually bold and disruptive, this is a big deal. I don't want to overshadow the other geo nominees. There are several; I just do not know them, nor about their work.
Joshua Campbell, a geographer and GIS architect with the State Department’s Humanitarian Information Unit, built a process for creating and sharing free and open geographic data. Imagery to the Crowd has been deployed multiple times, improving the effectiveness of humanitarian assistance and public diplomacy.