[Osmf-talk] OPENSTREETMAP FOUNDATION - NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Iván Sánchez Ortega
ivan at sanchezortega.es
Fri Jul 31 01:13:04 UTC 2009
El día Thursday 30 July 2009 15:39:05, Nick Black dijo:
> For the first point, representing the wishes of the community, I
> favour an approach that strengthens the Foundation by expanding its
> user base. By the end of 2010 we should be counting foundation members
> in the 10,000s.
IIRC, OSM's userbase growth is exponential. Foundation membership growth is
> These members spread all around the world, some affiliated to OSM-F Local
> Chapters will provide a strong base to elect the OSM-F board.
Not if we still don't know how closely or loosely tied will the chapters be
attached to the OSMF.
> [...] The counter measures proposed here - limiting the number of
> representatives from one company on the Board and other similar
> measures - just wouldn't work.
Just for the record, I support RWeait's proposal (maybe 1 member per company
is excessive, so I'd say 2 or 3).
I don't think that the problem is about one commercial company gaining virtual
control of the OSMF (they'd be risking a virtual Bastille), but about
**unconsciously** leveraging OSM towards one market (smartphone users, fleet
management, paleo-geo, mapping agencies' tools). And I do NOT want to see
this beautiful community turn into an oligarchy, even in the long term.
And don't take me bad, Nick, but...
> Some of the areas I want to focus on in 2009-2010 are:
> -Growing the OSM-F to support OpenStreetMap as a global organization
> -Setting up Local Chapters around the world
You promised local chapters by February and it's August now.... ;-)
Iván Sánchez Ortega <ivan at sanchezortega.es>
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