[Osmf-talk] Corporate OSMF Members

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Thu Oct 25 21:03:43 UTC 2012


    in the coming years, the OSMF will re-work their articles of 
association which are currently very old fashioned and geared more 
towards a British manufacturing firm than towards an international mass 
membership nonprofit (FSVO "mass").

This is going to be a long-ish process in which all of you will have a 
chance to participate. (If this sounds like the process was laid out 
already - rest assured not even that is the case. I just know it is 
going to be long, and it would be stupid not to allow everyone to 

But there's one thing that I would like to get a quick straw poll on, 
from as many OSMers as possible: Would you like or dislike the OSMF to 
accept corporate members?

Corporate membership is a complex topic; there are myriad models of how 
it could be handled and this is certainly a discussion we are going to 
have in the future.

But for now, without further ado, would you be willing to record your 
opinion in this little poll I've made?


The question is: "Should companies be accepted as members of the 
OpenStreetMap Foundation?" and the four options are

* No, only real people should be members.
* Yes, just like real people.
* Yes, as "supporting members" without voting rights.
* The poll needs to be more fine-grained than this.


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