Mathieu Bossaert (@mathieubossaert)
What contributions (e.g., issue triage, tech support, documentation, bug fixes) have you made to the ODK community?
I tried to support users on the forum, to help on issues I faced before and things I know.
I collaborated to French translation of Central's frontend (With Hélène AND Ahmadou Dicko)
I gave courses for French Biodiversity Office (Previously ATEN) : 4 sessions / 40 people approx, with my colleague Rémy Clément, aboiut how to create a form to collect species data and retrieve it into a PostGIS database.
I spent some time this spring to share a detailed showcase article about our general purpose form, with the kind reviews of Hélène and Gareth : https://forum.getodk.org/t/odk-to-collect-species-and-habitats-localities-as-pressure-and-threats-to-ecosystems/26332/3
I get involved on features discussions, like last autumn about "Refinements to Repeat Group Navigation, and get an interview about that with Callum
I am also involved in "Geo" discussions
I did a transposition of Gareth's showcase article (that export ODK geo fields to kml) to WKT export in order to facilitate ODK data usage into QGIS : https://forum.getodk.org/t/odk-geoshape-geotrace-geopoint-to-wkt/21062
I am a beta tester of odk collect.
Since 2015 I did some talks about ODK to different public (geomaticians, CNRS database managers, students, research institute)
How do you believe your contributions have benefited ODK?
With the course, I think we increased the number of french users in nature conservation community but not only.
I also think that talks and form sharing showed how easy it is to create a high level field tool, with easy data integration to GIS and general databases.
The examples and help given on the forum also encourage people to use the solution.
What do you believe the top priorities for ODK are?
GEO features are really functional and perspectives are great to add more interaction between geo objects and collected data.
Longitudinal data collection : I think it does fit the needs we have in nature conservation and ecology to be able to come back to an ancient data, state of object, in order to actualize it and monitor its evolution
Collected data integration in a more complex historical (Geo) information system. Things can be easilly done with ETL tools such as Kettle or Talend Open Studio but PostgreSQL is a really good ETL too . I will investigate SQL querying facilities over Central in the favor of PostgresSQL xml processing improvements.
I also ask myself about French translation of ODK documentation...
How will you help the ODK community accomplish those priorities?
I'll try to consolidate, expose and explain needs from my colleagues (I mean people working on Nature conservation and Ecology)
All our thematic are linked to those 3 priorities (Geo, longitudinal data collection, data integration). As I am trying to do it since I am involved in the forum, I'll participate to discussions about the needs and implementation possibilities and scenarios and test the work done. It is really motivating to discuss things, test it and use it in new forms. End users do appreciate the way the community considers their needs.
I would also like to encourage French users to be more active over the forum. It could more constructive than having a lot of discussion on the French side, synthesis and expose by myself on the forum.
Translating Central was also a great experience this summer, I would be glad to translate again
How many hours a week can you commit to participating on the TSC?
2 hours seems to be a reasonable average. ##
What other mobile data collection projects, social good projects, or open source projects are you involved with?
I am a member of georezo.net since 10 years, a french geo-informatics forum, where I am one of the QGIS and PostgreSQL forum's moderators.
I co-animate the geomatician group of the "Conservatoires d'Espaces Naturels"'s network (25 people)
About social goods, I am involved as an employee in a French Nature Conservation NGO since 2003 and I am involved as a volunteer in a Collaborative carpentry, which shares good modern machines and workshop to wood workers.
Please share any links to public resources (e.g., resume, blog, Github) that help support your application.
The site I started as a personal notebook became a place where I share some work (http://sig.cenlr.org and more recently http://si.cenlr.org). We will try to bring up such a site for the whole CEN federation. A lot of very interesting things are done by my colleagues in the different CEN but they are not shared enough
The gitlab pages of the courses we gave to nature conservation geomatician : https://framagit.org/formationodk/formulaires/-/wikis/home
Here are the different links to talks I gave about ODK :
- National Scientific Research Center : http://si.cenlr.org/sites/si.cenlr.org/files/ODK.pdf and here for the video : https://webcast.in2p3.fr/video/presentation_de_solution_de_types_boites_a_outils_pour_faire_un_carnet_de_terrain
- FOSS4G-fr 2016 : http://si.cenlr.org/sites/si.cenlr.org/files/16mai_Cauchy_Bossaert-CENLR_0.pdf
- FORUM TIC : http://si.cenlr.org/sites/si.cenlr.org/files/2015-09-20_Outils_Nomades_ForumTIC_2015_OP_JUD.pdf