Christopher Osborne chris.gaijin at gmail.com
Thu Jul 30 20:16:27 UTC 2009

Mikel makes sense here.

After about 40 emails in the space of one day, I think its time to cool the

If you feel strongly enough about this, stand for election and write your
manifesto.  If your views represent those of others, you stand a good chance
of being elected.


2009/7/30 Mikel Maron <mikel_maron at yahoo.com>

> There are many potential conflicts of interest, not just commercial, and I
> agree with Ed that trying to codify those conflicts into procedures and
> rules is just going to lead to absurdity. We can have a clear policy and
> expectations of integrity in board members, and individuals standing for
> election should clearly state their relationships and interests. However,
> the elections themselves are the best way for the membership to insure the
> board is balanced.
> For instance, I'm increasingly working with non-profits and governments.
> (And in the past, I've worked with companies with interest in OSM as well.).
> My fortune has been to have this opportunity to help spread OpenStreetMap as
> my focus, and that does mean paying the bills. JumpStart, who sponsored the
> mapping of Palestine, endorse public domain licensing. For myself, as a
> member of the community, as a consultant for JumpStart, advisor to the UN,
> all of these interests have different perspectives on licensing. As a board
> member, I must carefully consider all these perspectives, but ultimately any
> decisions I make must be made in the best interest of OpenStreetMap and the
> OSMF membership. To that end, I take no personal position on licensing, and
> support the current process as representing the collective will of the
> community.
> That's just one example. For the process of revising the articles, it
> certainly would be useful to have examples of potential conflicts of
> interest, in helping to draft our policy and guidelines. But ultimately,
> it's the elections, ongoing communications between the membership and board,
> and the personal integrity of those serving that will properly guide the
> direction of OSM.
> -Mikel
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Christopher Osborne
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