[Osmf-talk] Travel expenses for OSMF officials (to SOTM, mainly)
tom at acrewoods.net
Mon May 14 10:55:13 UTC 2012
It's jolly nice, of course, to fly around the world to meet people
face-to-face. But it's financially and environmentally costly. So is it
possible for Board members to participate in any important Board meetings
at SOTM remotely?
I would like this option to be explored before we agree for OSMF funds to
be used to subsidise board member trips.
On 14 May 2012 11:19, Daniel Kastl <daniel at georepublic.de> wrote:
> Hi Steven,
> As someone living in Japan for many years now I don't think that
> travelling in Japan is more expensive than travelling in Europe or North
> America. Indeed the Japanese currency is currently very strong, but that
> has been very different four years ago when Euro was very expensive for me.
> Yes, you find these statistics about the worlds most expensive cities,
> though they often compare the wrong numbers in my opinion. What is very
> expensive in Japan is your apartment rent. Though people are living in much
> smaller houses and apartments. Or a parking space can be as expensive as an
> apartment somewhere else. But many people don't own a car. So you can't
> really compare 1 sqm in Tokyo with 1 sqm in a European city.
> Flights can be expensive depending from where you travel. For someone from
> Australia or Asia flight tickets will be a lot cheaper than any SotM
> before. Of course you can spend a lot of money in Tokyo, but you can also
> have a regular lunch in a restaurant for 5 - 10 EUR, including tip (which
> doesn't exist in Japan) and water or tea.
> We will try to add information for low-budget travelers on the wiki.
> Though I don't thing someone needs to worry that Tokyo will be
> significantly more expensive than a stay in Denver, Barcelona, Sydney,
> Wien, etc.. You will find out that some things cost more and some things
> will be cheaper.
> On Mon, May 14, 2012 at 5:38 PM, Steven Feldman <shfeldman at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Was the cost of travel for OSMF board members (and for that matter other
>> members of the OSM community) specifically considered when selecting Tokyo
>> (just relegated to the world's second most expensive city apparently
>> http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505146_162-57379050/worlds-10-most-expensive-cities/) to
>> host SOTM? If so how were these costs balanced against the benefits of
>> extending the reach of the community etc?
>> Are there any published criteria for the selection process?
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