[Osmf-talk] SotM2011: What's next?
frederik at remote.org
Tue Jul 20 11:35:06 BST 2010
Jonathan Harley wrote:
> So I see an important function of SotM going
> forward as the place where the foundation can keep in touch with the
> membership (particularly as the actual people on the board, and doing
> the mapping, change over the years). I'd like to see the foundation's
> AGM and working group meetings as central to SotM - not just scheduled
> during a lunch break!
That's an interesting idea.
Bear in mind though that until now, OSMF has always tried not to be
"central to OSM". OSMF has shouldered the burdens that needed to be
shouldered by someone, but OSMF is not, and never wanted to be, the body
that plots the future for OSM. The license debate is an unfortunate
exception (not OSMF's fault, it's one of those things that needed to be
shouldered), but other than that OSMF always tried to be marginal to the
project. This was not a fault, it was by design.
This is also one reason why we don't have heated debates at the OSMF AGM
and why we don't have lots of people vying for control of the board.
This year, some contenders didn't even bother to put up a manifesto on
the Wiki which again I don't see as a problem, it just shows that OSMF
(and who's on the board) is not that important.
In making OSMF and its working groups central to SotM, you implicitly
make OSMF more central to the project, would you not? And I don't know
if that is good; it would surely change the situation.
At the moment, with very few exception, OSMF is just an organisation
helping the OSM project. OSMF might help other projects as well, and
indeed other organisations might similarly help OSM. OSMF is a bit
special because it pays money for servers and owns the domain name, but
other than that it never claimed exclusivity in any way.
In practice, of course, everyone perceives OSMF and OSM to be joined at
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