[OSM-dev] EUR 15K grant for software development

Martijn van Exel mvexel at gmail.com
Mon Feb 11 21:16:43 GMT 2008

Hi all,

Back in November '07 I raised the issue of most pressing software  
development issues [1]. The objective was to give body to a proposal  
we were preparing for NLNet [2], which would include a grant for  
software development.

The resulting discussion on talk / dev and discussion within the Dutch  
chapter led to a proposal submitted on Dec. 1st. The proposal is in  
Dutch and encompasses much more than the software development. It is  
available here [3]. Last month NLNet granted our request for funding  
-- at least, the software development part. So now we have EUR15k to  
spend on various development projects! Great, huh?

This is how we think we should proceed:
1. I'll set a page up on the Wiki up to enable us to finetune the  
projects we're going to be supporting (asap). Starting point will be  
the central issues outlined in the proposal:
		a. Monitoring and Rollback
		b. Mobile Editor
		c. 'Map annotation for the rest of us'
2. We'll have a review period to finalize the project definitions.  
This can't last too long, NLNet wants to see progress. Two weeks max.
3. After the review, I submit the definitive project plans to NLNet  
for approval.
4. On approval, anyone (individual or group) would be able bid on the  
After that, we agree on who's doing what and we can start  

NLNet will require close monitoring, a transparent process, definition  
of milestones and progress reports throughout the year.
This will be an excellent opportunity to catalyse some of the OSM  
development projects, don't you agree?

Let's hear your thoughts on this, I'll let you know when the wiki is  

On behalf of the Dutch chapter,
Take care,

[1] http://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/talk/2007-November/020409.html
[2] http://nlnet.nl/
[3] http://www.xs4all.nl/~exel0/osm/OSM%20subsidieaanvraag%202008.rtf

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