[Osmf-talk] Some ideas

Gregory sotm at livingwithdragons.com
Tue Nov 4 15:47:38 UTC 2014

You don't need to be on the OSMF board to get any of those happening.
Pick one and put some effort in it. Join an appropriate Working Group or
get in touch with people that might have experience doing similar things.

On 29 October 2014 13:26, Ilya Zverev <ilya at zverev.info> wrote:

> Hi! I was planning to put my name in the candidates list, but after
> Steve appeared, I decided not to. Still, I had some ideas written, as
> a substitute for a big manifesto everyone seems to like writing.
> Not sure it's possible to implement them not being on the board, but
> still.  The goal is to make participating in OSM activities more fun.
> — Mini-grants for software developers. Half when submitting an idea
> and presenting a prototype, and half when done. 100+100 for small (1-2
> week long) projects and e.g. 200+200 for longer (that take months).
> Granted by EWG, also revive bounties.
> — OSM member of the week. Somebody who did something big and
> interesting. Mapping a town, gathering a first mapping party,
> importing or preventing/reverting an import, writing a tool etc. Panel
> of fame on osm.org or wiki, interviews, a token chocolate at sotm etc.
> — Ulf Möller award to replace the Lolcat. Make it bigger. Award it
> yearly at SotM in two nominations: mapping and software (or more).
> Grant sub-awards montly or every two months. Welcome nominations, but
> also do the search ourselves (CWG?) to promote non-vocal members.
> Device a set of rules to prevent awarding the same people, prevent
> postponing development just because somebody already've made something
> great that month and so on.
> — Bigger monetary grants by request. Clear rules, examples, publicity.
> Not only for software development (while it's the main purpose), but
> e.g. for organizing non-sotm conferences.
> — More official conferences, btw. State of the Map usually is held too
> far from mappers. 2-3 regional conferences (SOTM JP, SOTM EU) should
> be organized by OSMF's sotm team.
> — Enroll people who already do blogs and stuff to CWG. Reduce virtual
> responsibility: they already produce useful work, so make it
> beneficial: official news a bit earlier, contact data of CWG and
> general OSMF members at hand, volunteer translations. Make a social
> network of osm bloggers, basically.
> — Membership cards for OSMF members. Not optional: I guess they cost
> around 1€, so we can afford to make them for everyone (or in batches
> on demand). Photo and tagline optional, would have to send
> questionnaire to OSMF members. Deliver at sotm, or for extra pay.
> — I'm against multi-year membership. Let members acknowledge they are
> still interested.
> — Automated membership database. A way to check and upgrade membership
> status, automated reminders, public list of normal members. Easy way
> for everyone to know, for example, how many members there are per
> country.
> — Clear explanation what do OSMF members get for being in OSMF. More
> responsibilities? Priority check-in at sotm? 15 minutes of a board
> member's time? Personal map extracts mailed monthly? Mobilization of
> any OSMF member for a cause? Elaborate on this, make being OSMF member
> more fun.
> — Where does OSMF funds go? Besides servers/bureaucracy it's not clear
> now, there should be 3-5 interesting items that say "money really
> works in OSMF" and motivate further donations.
> I'm not sure we should discuss those ideas in this mailing list, it
> has seen quite a lot of discussions recently. I don't like and don't
> understand mailing lists. This is probably a Board and working groups
> matter. I'd be glad if they just bookmarked this post for a time they
> need some brainstorming ideas.
> IZ
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