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

Tom MacWright macwright at gmail.com
Mon Nov 26 21:34:10 UTC 2012

So, it's been two weeks and the OSMF's Mission Statement still includes the

> The OpenStreetMap Foundation is there to protect the OSM database from
hijacking, and keep it free and open.

As pointed out before, the inclusion of 'protecting the OSM database from
hijacking' is vague, aggressive, and unexplained. As Frederick said, an
explanation is required and it was taken out of context.

Ideally someone's already working on this, but in the meantime it'd be
great to nix it. It isn't a good idea to use a strongly, hazily worded
draft as an official mission statement.

On Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> wrote:

> Hi,
> On 12.11.2012 17:00, Tim Waters wrote:
>> Could someone clarify, or explain further what "The OpenStreetMap
>> Foundation is there to protect the OSM database from hijacking" means
>> in a bit more detail please?
> I think that when we chose that phrase we all thought that that's what we
> were doing anyway; I don't think it was intended to signal a change of
> course in any way.
> I agree that taken out of the meeting context it does sound like an
> explanation is required. I am however not in a position to *give* such an
> explanation because that can only come from the board as a group and not
> from an individual board member saying his opinion. So you'll have to bear
> with us and we'll see what we can do.
> In the mean time, it would be good if nobody assumed anything that is not
> explicitly written. In other words, don't assume that we want to switch off
> the tile server or stop doing SotM unless we say that. It is quite likely
> that a group of people working on a document forgets something - but much
> less likely that something is added which nobody wants.
> Or, as my English colleagues would say, no reason to get your knickers in
> a twist ;)
> Bye
> Frederik
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