[Osmf-talk] Chairman

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Mon Aug 3 19:45:59 UTC 2009


Richard Fairhurst wrote:
> I believe strongly that everything else should still come from the  
> community, not from OSMF and its board. OSMF shouldn't be setting  
> mapping priorities, or saying what should appear on openstreetmap.org,  
> for example. Rather, OSMF should work to help the community take these  
> decisions for itself.


> On your final point, Nick, I don't intend to stand myself, simply  
> because I don't like teleconferences; it's not how I work best. 

It has to be said that - unless UK law wildly differs from what I am 
used to - that we, the members, have the ultimate say about what OSMF 
does and what it doesn't do. We elect a board to act on our behalf, but 
if get it wrong for some reason (or if the majority opinion changes due 
to the influx of 500 new members all employed by the Ordnance Survey) 
then the members can recall directors or make binding decisions forcing 
directors' hands. (This of course requires that members get to know what 
the board decides in a timely manner.)

That's why I found it strange when recently somebody seemed to suggest 
that the role of the members is to elect the board and keep away from 
the decision-making process at all other times.


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