[Osmf-talk] Proceedings from Face-to-Face Board Meeting

Tom MacWright tom at macwright.org
Mon Nov 12 16:31:18 UTC 2012

Seconding Tim's point:

If we're going to have "The OpenStreetMap Foundation is there to protect
the OSM database from hijacking" as the second paragraph of a mission
statement - a pretty darn important and visible place for something to be
written - it needs to be explained better. Even to 'us', the people who are
intimately familiar with OSM's history, future, technical details, and so
on 'protecting the database from hijacking' means what?

Actual hackers? Unnamed commercial entities who could hijack the
database... how? The instant collapse of civilization if we drop

As the statement is right now, it's Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt: someone
we don't know is doing who knows what. It either needs to say something in
particular or not be said at all.


On Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 11:02 AM, Kai Krueger <kakrueger at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 11/12/2012 06:42 AM, Frederik Ramm wrote:
>> Surely a tile server is a good way of
>> "making OSM available to all"?
> It depends on what you define "OSM" as, which isn't mentioned in the
> mission statement as far as I can tell.
> If you interpret OSM as "the data" then no, operating the tile server
> would not fit under that definition.
> On the other hand if you have a broader definition of "OSM", to include
> "OSM data in forms that are actually useful to the general public", then
> you could fit "aiming to be a full out replacement of google maps and all
> of its derivative services for free" under that definition, as that would
> be the best way to "make OSM available to all".
> From the replies of board members so far, it sounds like the points are to
> be interpreted rather widely.
> But It feels this point is too vague to be of guidance to what OSMF (or
> the board) should aim for without further clarification. But perhaps that
> was deliberate, as this has always been a contentious point?
> Kai
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