[Osmf-talk] Financing the OSMF

Kate Chapman kate at maploser.com
Tue Aug 27 12:54:43 UTC 2013

Hi Oleksiy,

I'm the Executive Director of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. We
are not funded by the OSMF, we are a US based/tax exempt non-profit
and obtain our funding primarily from project work. The cost of having
a building, would far exceed our yearly operating budget. Members of
HOT do visit Geneva and meet with some of those organizations, though
we primarily train their field staff in the countries we and those
organizations work. The field staff working on the ground where they
have a need for detailed map data are the types of individuals where
we focus our efforts.



On Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 5:06 AM, Oleksiy Muzalyev
<oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch> wrote:
> On 27.08.2013 10:23, Jaak Laineste (Nutiteq) wrote:
>> ...Maybe even upper limit
>> should be set to avoid becoming a cash machine.
>> Jaak
> Cash is obviously needed for financing operations of the
> http://hotosm.org/ "The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team".
> First of all, it needs a freestanding building close to the
> organizations' buildings it cooperates with:
> "Doctors Without borders":
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=46.21635&mlon=6.14787#map=19/46.21635/6.14787
> "United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees"
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=46.22075&mlon=6.14101#map=19/46.22075/6.14100
> "International Organization for Migration":
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=46.23173&mlon=6.13196#map=19/46.23173/6.13196
> "CIRC"
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=46.22784&mlon=6.13747#map=19/46.22784/6.13747
> etc.
> As Felix Dellatre told us in his report at the "SOTM.US 2013" in some
> places addresses are written as "400 steps to the north from the burned
> church, then ask N...".
> Serious well-equipped mapping expeditions-surveys could be conducted in
> cooperation with other humanitarian organizations' field work. Such
> expeditions would cost money even if conducted by volunteers (GPS
> equipment, insurance, travel expenses, training & certification, etc.)
> brgds
> Oleksiy
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Alex-7
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