[Osmf-talk] Nomination for Board

Josh Doe josh at joshdoe.com
Thu Aug 25 11:52:34 UTC 2011

Thanks for giving a manifesto. I'd like to see all nominees do the
same, and have adjusted the wiki to emphasize this:


On Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 4:26 AM, Eugene Usvitsky <eugene at usvitsky.com> wrote:
> Hello everyone!
> I'm announcing my intent to run for the OSMF Board.
> I've been with the project for almost 4 years now, first contributing
> anonymously and then as a registered user since February 2008. During
> that time I've seen Russian community growing from several dozens of
> people to over 7000 members. I took an active part in this process,
> explaining and promoting the project, buying openstreetmap.ru domain
> name and running website for OSM newbies there. I've started the
> discussion with satellite imagery provider Scanex which eventually
> lead to close collaboration with it and donation of more than 5
> million square kilometers of 6 m IRS imagery. I served as a contact
> person during Rambler Internet holdings hardware donation negotiation
> between it and OSMF Board.
> I rather quickly (in 2009) became a member of OSMF believing that it
> will help the project grow. Since the first days of Strategic Working
> Group work I took part in it and now I'm one of 3 people who are
> actively preparing a new version of Articles of Association.
> As a member of Board, I will support the following:
> - OSM long-term strategy creation and implementation
> The project needs to find its place in developing neogeography area to
> stay successful. Most activities in the OSM community are more related
> to fun like mapping, inventing new tags or coding than to the success
> of the project itself. While the OpenStreetMap project attracts more
> and more users, most activities are not compared against a long-term
> strategy. The vision, mission and values of the project need to be
> distilled and transformed into words so they could serve as guideline
> for short- and mid-term decisions as well as inspire even more people
> to join the OpenStreetMap project as active contributors.
> - lowering entry barriers for new members and users, improving
> communication between existing
> This well-known problem is still here and there's no need to describe
> it. In order to let the project live well we need to do a lot: explain
> license for potential data users, improve software, provide more
> information. But besides that, we need better support of community
> projects and communication between them and we need to support local
> chapters and non-English-speaking communities in general.
> - making OSMF an important and recognized representative of the project
> Since more and more people are using OSM, someone needs to be its
> representative and contact person. Obviously, OSMF serves as such
> organization. It has to negotiate new data donations with governments
> and imagery providers, provide 24/7/365-working hardware, do a lot of
> other administrative work and be transparent at the same time. What is
> also important, it has to protect OSM data in potential case of
> license violation. THis amount of tasks can be fulfilled only by hired
> staff. Hiring staff makes OSMF management more easier and at the same
> time gives additional expertise in problem areas.
> I would like to thank Henk Hoff for his support of my nomination.
> Good luck to everyone!
> Best wishes,
> Eugene.
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