[Osmf-talk] Fwd: [OSM-talk] OSMF Board & auto industry / What's the story?

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Wed Aug 8 17:04:49 UTC 2012

I'm forwarding this from the OSM "talk" mailing list to OSMF-Talk 
because I think it is relevant even for those who might not be 
subscribed to talk at .

In short, it's a message from a project member who would like to know 
more about what business we have (or aim to have, or don't have) with 
the auto industry given that (it seems to him) there are board-level talks.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [OSM-talk] OSMF Board & auto industry / What's the story?
Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2012 08:33:05 -0700 (PDT)
From: ThomasB <toba0211 at yahoo.de>
To: talk at openstreetmap.org


In the last board minutes [1] there was written "Report of meeting with
German auto industry in Ingolstadt". Additionally, there was a board member
in official mission at the Telematics 2011 [2]. Telematics describes itself
as "largest focused telematics event in Europe that will bring together
global car manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers to discuss future telematics
strategy and launch new products into the market". Automotive suppliers
have/had OSM related job offerings. One current offering from Audi's SatNav
supplier is for a student, topic "Converting OSM data and evaluation of a
database model" [3].

Many board applications at the last election had statements like "If I will
be elected, I will improve the communication". If board members/the board
meet with the same for-profit organisations repeatedly I would think that
the community will be informed at least to avoid conspiracy theories.
Some questions come into my mind and since I think this is of greater
interest, I am asking the questions here
1. How many meetings with the auto industry have been attended by board
members in the name of OSM?
2. What was the main subject?
3. Are there any non-disclosure agreements signed or was there any other
agreement that prevents the OSMF Board to talk about the content of the
meetings? (Learned that from the ESRI case)

Thanks a lot in advance.


[2] http://www.telematicsupdate.com/munich/past-attendees.php

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