[Osmf-talk] [OSM-talk] OPENSTREETMAP FOUNDATION - NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
ekkehart at gmx.de
Fri Aug 21 07:18:07 UTC 2009
Mike Collinson schrieb:
>> Should any single company be able to hold an unlimited number of
>> seats on the Foundation board? A majority? All?
> I believe that as members we are sensible and will collectively elect
> an appropriate board. So, my personal opinion is that I'd like to
> vote for good quality candidates whoever they are and that having a
> hard constitutional limit is not an important issue for me, though
> one that should certainly be debated by members so that all views are
> reflected. I am not averse to such a limit but take the position
> that it is not the best way to go about it.
> The key is having a diverse membership. I can affirm from the
> membership list that we are in such a position now. Having a larger
> membership would be still safer. As of today we have 165 paid-up
> members who can vote and hover around 200 taking into account
> renewals. 250 is my minimum goal. Local chapter organisation should
> see us easily to that figure ... so that is my "fix"!
Just a few words of comment. As for the current events, I have nothing
for or against CM, I have no idea whether the action was with best
intentions or for evil purpose :-), but I agree that any sudden rush a
day before a vote is suspicious.
But actually I don't want to talk about CM, but about the wider future.
I think some constitutional safeguards to limit the influence of any one
company on OSM are very important. OSMF is a small organization with the
intention to grow - and it would be very easy to take over control for
any party interested in doing so and spend 5000 GBP along the way . I
have seen this sort of thing happening in local clubs ("Verein" in
Germany) and it is suprising how one person with a lobby and a purpose
(and not even money in that case) can take over a group of good-willed,
chaotic, apolitical people and completely corrupt the purpose in a very
short time. And his name was not Steve! :-)
Currently, I neither see an evil entity around to do so nor a reason for
any predator to descend upon OSM just yet, but I think it is a good idea
to put some safeguards in place. With the OSM data growing and improving
it becomes a contiually more juicy target and as long as the OSMF can
change the licence on that data, taking over OSMF and ceating a nice
exclusive licence for oneself would be a very very cheap fee for that
data. So even if I sound very pessimistic, better make sure this is
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