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  • Nicole Martinelli

    Nicole Martinelli

    Nicole Martinelli dedicates both her work and free time to open source. An OpenStreetMap volunteer since 2015, she founded [Resiliency Maps] (, a community project that aims to put assets and hazards in clear view using open source tools and open collaboration. She has over seven years experience managing open source publications, both corporate and non-profit. As a freelance tech journalist her work has appeared in the, Wired, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal Europe, BBC2, Newsweek, Discovery Channel and the Italian-language editions of Linux Magazine, Wired and Vanity Fair. Having worn so many hats and talked to so many different kinds of people about open source over the years helped her “sell” the idea of using these tools to make prototype maps for the San Francisco Fire Department’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Team and convince the United Nations to feature the project in “Words into Action” guidelines. A San Francisco native, she’s spent about half her life in Italy, which means she’s always on time but still clock-watches when cooking pasta.


Neighborhoods that prepare for emergencies and disaster situations save lives, reduce the severity of injuries and trauma and reduce property damage. Police and emergency personnel often live outside the communities they serve, making citizen response crucial. Open data and open source tools are crucial to community safety - but perceptions around “usability” and “user friendliness” are still obstacles to wider adoption. The Resiliency Maps project, launched in San Francisco, aims to build a city-wide map that: *Makes use of existing open data and open source tools (including OpenStreetMap, Field Papers, QGIS) *Stores information about assets and hazards * Can be printed and stored offline * Can be added to or edited by people across the city to provide information specific to their neighborhood * Does not require a stable group of technical administrators * Creates a replicable process that other cities can use to build their own maps I’ll share insights from our collaboration with the SFFD NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Team) program as well as from mapathons in the U.S. and Italy.