[HOT] Continuing the HOT Incorporation Process

Kate Chapman kate at maploser.com
Mon Jul 26 12:31:25 BST 2010

Hi Sam,

Sure.  There are a couple issues we are trying to solve.  Officially
incorporating as a non-profit is the best way to solve these issues.

1.  Funding.  Right now to accept funding to go on missions we have to
funnel the money through other organizations.  This creates an extra
steps to accept funds and also gives us less control.

2. Board.  To incorporate as a non-profit in the U.S. (probably many
other countries) you have to have a board of directors.

3. Membership.  Right now people actually traveling to other countries
w/ HOT is based on a trust model of people that already know each
other.  Some of that trust model is important, we can't send people
places that we don't already have some relationship.  On the other
hand we would like to grow the number of people who can deploy with
HOT.  There are different ways to have voting members within an
organization.  For example there is the OSMF and the OSM US Chapter
method, you pay some membership fee and then vote.  That didn't seem
like the appropriate model for people that could be potentially
traveling to disaster zones.

There is this difficulty in being exclusive as far as people actually
traveling with HOT but also allowing people to help.  I'm up for
suggestions, but I'm not sure the best way to obtain funding, retain
some sort of trust model that allows the group to grow as well as give
people voting rights.


On Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 7:19 AM, Sam Larsen <samlarsen1 at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> Kate or anyone,
> Can you please outline the difference between People interested, Members & Board
> Members (board members are fairly self explanatory) in HOT.
> I seem to have missed the conversation outlining the purpose of a members list
> and what function a member is expected to perform. I see from the notes of the
> HOT meeting at SOTM (which i could not attend) that the list is based on the
> OSGEO nominated members model.
> Why do members have to be nominated - it just seems like an extra level of
> complexity/confusion/exclusion to people who want to help.
> Thanks,
> Sam Larsen
> Web GIS Specialist
> York St, Cambridge, UK, CB1 2PY
> M: +44 (0)794 433 7455
> ----- Original Message ----
>> From: Kate Chapman <kate at maploser.com>
>> To: hot <hot at openstreetmap.org>
>> Sent: Sat, 24 July, 2010 20:05:55
>> Subject: Re: [HOT] Continuing the HOT Incorporation Process
>> Just wanted to add there are people's name not on the list who were
>> nominated  to become members.  Since I haven't heard back from them
>> they haven't  been added.  If/When I receive confirmation I'll add them
>> to the  list.
>> -Kate
>> On Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 2:28 PM, Kate Chapman <kate at maploser.com> wrote:
>> > Hi  All,
>> >
>> > So we did a first round of nominations to create the  initial HOT
>> > membership.  That is not to say we won't continue growing  membership,
>> > we are modeling after the Apache Foundation where  membership
>> > nominations other individuals to become members.  We are  starting slow
>> > and trying to incorporate in the U.S. fairly quickly so  that we have a
>> > way to accept funding and continue the work we've been  doing and Haiti
>> > and potentially move into other areas.
>> >
>> >  I'd like to have a board election start coming week so that we can
>> >  incorporate soon.
>> >
>> > All the incorporation information is available  here:
>> > http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Humanitarian_OSM_Team#Incorporation
>> >
>> >  As well as the current membership:
>> > http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Humanitarian_OSM_Team/Members
>> >
>> >  We need to nominate people to the board out of the membership  list.
>> >
>> > Please add the names of those you'd like to nominate  here:
>> > http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Humanitarian_OSM_Team/Board_Elections
>> >
>> >  There are five board positions.
>> >
>> > Thanks,
>> >
>> >  Kate
>> >
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