OSM Fiji: Who are we?

OpenStreetMap Fiji (OSM Fiji) is a volunteer OSM group based in Fiji. We are made up of geospatial industry practitioners and students who are passionate about OpenStreetMap, open geospatial tools, community and our local geospatial industry.

We were formed in early 2021 after realizing the potential to nurture and grow a passionate open geospatial community after the successful hosting of the Fiji Hub for the FOSS4G SoTM Oceania Conference held in November 2020.

Recently OSM Fiji had applied and been awarded an Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOTOSM) Facebook Community Impact Microgrant for 2021. This grant will enable us to grow our community in Fiji while bringing visibility to open solutions, OpenStreetMap as well as upskilling our local community.

Our Team

Carrol Chan – OSM Fiji Volunteer Project Lead

Carrol is an enthusiastic open source user who is passionate about building a bigger OS community in the Pacific and has been involved in organizing numerous Pacific conferences including Fijis Hub for the 2020 FOSS4G SotM Oceania Conference . She is currently the OSMFiji Project Lead and looking forward to spreading the gospel about the power of OSM, open data and OS technologies all while building an inclusive, diverse and active OSM community here in Fiji.

Nemaia Koto – OSM Fiji Volunteer Communications Lead

Nemaia got introduced to the OSGeo community through his involvement with OSGeo Oceania in 2019 and assisting in organizing the first ever 2020 FOSS4G SotM Oceania annual conference via virtual hubs. He is an active volunteer in the OSGeo Community here in Oceania, playing a role in the OSGeo Oceania Microgrants Working Group and the OSGeo Oceania Conference Committee. Promoting the use of accurate, open geospatial data in Fiji and the region is a factor for his involvement in OSM Fiji. 

Lanieta Rokotuiwakaya– OSM Fiji Volunteer Coordinator

Lani is currently the Volunteer Coordinator for OpenStreetMap Fiji. She is actively involved in the Pacific GIS and RS Community both in a professional capacity and volunteering where she was a part of the 2020 FOSS4G SotM Oceania Conference Local Organizing Committee (LOC). Her goal is to advocate on the importance of Open data and Open software while working in expanding the OSM Community here in Fiji and the Pacific region. 

John Bryant – OSM Fiji Volunteer

John first attended FOSS4G in 2011 and found a gathering of smart, kind, fun, and passionate people from around the world, working together, building open source mapping tools and the OSGeo community. This led him to get involved in organising FOSS4G SotM Oceania in Melbourne in 2018, Wellington in 2019, and Suva in 2020. He’s enjoying working with the OSM Fiji team to raise awareness of OpenStreetMap, organise some fun mapping activities, and bring like-minded people together.

Leba Gaunavinaka – OSM Fiji Volunteer

Leba is UNITAR’s technical expert for the CommonSensing Project in Fiji with over 15 years experience in GIS & Remote Sensing applications in natural resource management, land administration, DRR and climate change. She is a strong advocate in developing Fiji’s Geospatial Industry, and actively supports open data initiatives such as OSM Fiji that strengthens local capacities and leverages technologies that help Fiji achieve its sustainable development goals. Leba is also currently a board member of the Pacific GIS and Remote Sensing Council.

Kamsin Raju – OSM Fiji Volunteer

Kamsin comes from a background in climate change, geospatial science and land management. She works for the Fiji Resilient Informal Settlements Project where she does ground level data collection and mapping of climate hazards, infrastructure and socio-economic conditions. She first became associated with OSGeo and FOSS4G in 2019 and has since been passionate to learn and do more for the growing open source community.

Aleen Prasad – OSM Fiji Volunteer

Aleen is an enthusiastic GIS user with a background in environmental geoscience and land management. She has a passion for sustainable development and improved environmental practices. She’s currently a research associate at the University of the South Pacific and has been involved with FOSS4G and the OSM community as of 2020 having helped organise the FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2020 conference.

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