[Osmf-talk] Help wanted: Running the election

Michael Collinson mike at ayeltd.biz
Mon Nov 3 09:54:45 UTC 2014

Severin, Great! Ilya Zverev and Jon have joined Dermot McNally and 
Richard Weait, so the team is complete. Thank you all!  I believe Dermot 
also received several other offers of help, so thank you to you too.

The team are testing out the electronic ballot system and tweaking 
wording. It looks like they will be confident enough to send us all 
voting instructions very soon.

Henk is on a plane to Buenos Aires. So if you have emailed about 
membership status, renewals and changes from "Associate Member" to 
"Member", please be patient.  They *will* be dealt with so that you can 
vote as you want.  Personally, I think placing all this on one person is 
now too much, so that will be the focus of my next "Help wanted" posting.


On 03/11/2014 10:00, Severin Menard wrote:
> Hi Michael,
> I will be at SOTM, I can help for the logistics of the election as 
> proposed, no problem.
> Sincerely,
> Severin
> Le 2 nov. 2014 10:06, "Michael Collinson" <mike at ayeltd.biz 
> <mailto:mike at ayeltd.biz>> a écrit :
>     I earlier made a posting in which I made a personal goal of
>     increasing the number of folks helping the OSMF in some way from
>     roughly 25 to 75 by the end of 2015.  This is my start.  I have no
>     "official" sanction to do this, this is my own Just Do It project.
>     But, OSMF elections are coming up very quickly.  The board is
>     focused on organisation.  They have also made a commitment to run
>     this as STV, Single Transferable Vote, which is very exciting ...
>     but a first. So I think they need help. I have spoken to Dermot
>     McNally, the tasked board member, and he is happy. He is also a
>     genuinelly nice guy.
>     Please email Dermot or myself if you can help with any of the
>     following.  I personally really, really want to hear from you if
>     you have done nothing active for the OSMF before. There is no long
>     term commitment.  No special skills required. Just enthusiasm.
>     (1) Are you going to SOTM?  An extra pair of hands helping with
>     the logistics of the election will be greatly appreciated.
>     (2) A second election observer. Join Richard Weait, a true
>     gentleman, (and not just because he is from Canada). You can do
>     all this from home.  You will be CC'd on all email regarding
>     election running and can ask questions or comment if you want. 
>     You will also be asked to verify the final count.
>     (3)  You can do all this from home.  All this STV stuff is new for
>     us and requires configuring and managing two sets of software.  If
>     you would like to get involved with Dermot, let him know. It will
>     great to have some one to share the knowledge, (and probably a few
>     teething problems!).  System admin skills may be a nice extra but
>     not necessary I think.
>     If you help us and like it, I think there is a great opportunity
>     for setting up a small informal team across different OSM-related
>     bodies to run elections.  I have helped HOT and OpenStreetMap US
>     as an observer and, at the moment, are they more organised than we
>     are.
>     Mike
>     PS Coming Soon.  There will be more info on or under
>     http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSMF/DoItTeam ... probably late
>     Sunday Europe time. But right now, well, I am going out mapping.
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