Andy Robinson (blackadder) blackadderajr at googlemail.com
Mon Aug 24 08:51:15 UTC 2009

Matthias Urlichs [mailto:matthias at urlichs.de] wrote:
>Sent: 23 August 2009 1:35 PM
>To: Andy Robinson (blackadder)
>Cc: 'Peter Miller'; 'Kenneth Gonsalves'; osmf-talk at openstreetmap.org
>Subject: Re: [Osmf-talk] EVERYONE: PLEASE VOTE
>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. :-(

Agreed, there are issues here which mean that in reality a one solution to fit all will not work. I'll leave further comment to the outcome of the Local Chapters Working Group which is looking at this problem.



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