[Osmf-talk] OSMF and evangelism (was: Conflict of interest)

Andy Robinson (blackadder) blackadderajr at googlemail.com
Thu Jul 30 16:28:12 UTC 2009

Frederik Ramm wrote:
>Sent: 30 July 2009 4:29 PM
>To: osmf-talk at openstreetmap.org
>Subject: [Osmf-talk] OSMF and evangelism (was: Conflict of interest)
>This is developing into a nice discussion on the very question of what
>OSMF should be and what it shouldn't. I wish we had had this long ago.
>Nick Black wrote:
>> I want a project that actively goes out,
>> finds mappers who don't know they are mappers yet and helps them learn
>> how to map.
>Nice if individuals do this - but it cannot be, in my eyes, the job of
>OSMF. We (OSMF) are not there to preach to the world about the goodness
>of OSM. We are not there to carry OSM into countries that are not
>interested. We are not in the business of selling OSM to the world. If
>there are places where OSM doesn't work as good as it could, then our
>natural reaction should be to just wait until they're ready rather than
>spending time and money to inseminate them with something that didn't
>come to them naturally. (You of all people should know that this is a
>difficult undertaking at the very least.)
>We, OSMF, are in the business of helping OSMers reach *their* goals -
>but it is *them* who set these goals, not us.

Well, that's not exactly how I interpret what the OSMF's aims are. Our
current guiding principal as set out in the Memorandum of Association which

"3.1 OpenStreetMap Foundation is dedicated to encouraging the growth,
development and distribution of free geospatial data and to providing
geospatial data for anybody to use and share."

Which is currently a somewhat broader remit than just looking after our own.



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