[Osmf-talk] Help wanted: Running the election

Martijn van Exel m at rtijn.org
Mon Nov 3 22:27:55 UTC 2014

Apologies for chiming in late. Perhaps our experiences running the
elections for the U.S. chapter can be useful also. Michael has been acting
as an independent observer for the past round, but I am happy to share what
we learned over the years also.

If there's any need for more hands this weekend, I will be more than happy
to lend mine, but it seems you are all set.


On Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 12:20 PM, Dermot McNally <dermot at osmfoundation.org>

> Hi,
> Thanks for the offer of help. The response has been great, and I’ve been
> able to choose two remote observers already. But I encourage you to watch
> the election process and tools, because after completion of the election
> I’d like to assemble a group of interested individuals, a kind of “election
> task force” to critique this new process, look for opportunities to improve
> it, maybe consider some tools of our own to further help manage the process
> and generally make this a repeatable process.
> With luck, we will then have a small group of individuals skilled in how
> to run an election within OSM (remember there are regional OSM
> organisations too who may value this help) and can mobilise when called
> upon.
> Thanks again, let’s talk soon!
> Dermot
> PS to an otherwise copy-paste response: as one STV-bloke to another, I
> hope you’ll like my selection of Scottish STV for counting…
> On 3 Nov 2014, at 09:41, Chris Fleming <chrisafleming at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am happy to help with the Election Stuff, the whole STV thing was my
> idea, so I do feel somewhat responsible....
> Cheers
> Chris
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> On Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 9:02 AM, Severin Menard <severin.menard at gmail.com>
> 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> 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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