[Talk-us] US Chapter Mission Statement
richard at weait.com
Sat Nov 28 22:58:36 GMT 2009
I'd hope the mission statement of any chapter would reflect the OSMF
mission. In my judgment the key phrases to replicate are:
"3.1 OpenStreetMap Foundation is dedicated to encouraging the growth,
development and distribution of free geospatial data and to providing
geospatial data for anybody to use and share." 
"The OpenStreetMap Foundation is an international non-profit
organisation supporting but not controlling the project." 
>From these, I take that the OSMF is to remove barriers for mappers, to
serve mappers and to do things for mappers that they as individuals
would find more difficult than would a non-profit foundation.
So you get to serve the mappers. Yay!
Also, I think that residence / citizenship should be a complete
non-issue for mappers. Even for US Chapter members I see residence /
citizenship as only of passing interest. Perhaps of more interest for
the chapter-board, but I'd prefer even that to be a non-issue. The
Australian conflict of interest provisions are more to the point to my
mind. Perhaps membership in other OSM local chapters should be a
reporting requirement as well.
This is not to say that a commercial mapping / geography interest is a
drawback, or that membership in multiple local chapters should be
forbidden. I think they should be discussed.
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