Peter Miller peter.miller at itoworld.com
Sun Aug 23 12:46:50 UTC 2009

On 23 Aug 2009, at 13:35, Matthias Urlichs wrote:

> On Thu, 2009-08-20 at 11:18 +0100, Andy Robinson (blackadder) wrote:
>>> Personally I see no justification for money flowing from the local
>>> chapters to the foundation.
>> My belief is that there is a need for this to happen for two reasons.
>> Firstly to ensure that federated members are also members of
>> OpenStreetMap Foundation (so that they can vote) and secondly so that
>> OSMF actually has some funds from its membership. This is all very
>> normal practice and the £10 proposed is probably the lowest  
>> reasonable
>> amount practicable.
> There is no way for e.g. the German FOSSGIS e.V. to pay £10 per member
> to the OSMF. At least, not if they want to retain their German
> tax-exempt status, as that's a sizeable chunk of the membership fee  
> (€30
> -- their student membership is only €10!).
> The situation is worse in third-world countries, where ten pounds may
> well be your total monthly budget. :-(

I understand that the idea of money flowing in that direction is  
history. The current 'Proposed Agreement'[1] makes if very clear that  
no finances movements in either direction are part of the current  

[1] http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Foundation/Local_Chapters



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