[Osmf-talk] Upcoming Special General Meeting Opinions?
ilya at zverev.info
Sun Nov 30 19:29:48 UTC 2014
Firstly, OSMF Board members have little power in OSM, since most work is
done by working groups or by individual volunteers (or by HOT). What's
required from the Board is vision. Basically it's what the strategic WG
was meant to be, but with the ability to immediately put plans to
action. The Board, in my opinion, should constantly try improving
OpenStreetMap in various ways, with help of working groups; it should
demonstrate the potential of OSM, make mappers proud to be a part of the
community, make programmers believe their work is valued, make data
consumers feel like OSM is not the geodata dump it is, but there is
someone who at least looks like they have control.
Utopian, isn't it? That's because the Board position mostly has been no
more than a position, a right to participate in meetings and forward
tasks to working groups. No power, no responsibility. That's why we
don't really know who did what on the Board. Well, except Simon, who was
awesome the whole time he was serving. Others could've been cats all
that time, we wouldn't have known. They did a lot of work, of course,
but not related to Board duties: they could've done that just being on
That's why I hope for the rebooting of the Board — or, at least, for
replacing long-serving members. What I expect of fresh members is ideas,
and a will to try and test them. Not restricted by old members who know
the "right" ways. Well, certainly there are officer duties, and I expect
that knowledge to be passed in coming months before elections. And we
would still have Dermot and Frederik. But other stuff, there have been
none. I expect a lot more new faces, and a lot more interesting news
produced by the Board's actions. It's time somebody went and did some
mistakes, for the project to advance.
Members who served four years, they would have demonstrated their ideas
by that time, had plenty of time to implement them and make others
believe in them, and can continue their work in relevant working groups
or as individual OSMF members. It's not like the Board or WGs won't
listen to regular OSMF — no, OSM — members, or would hinder their work
on improving OpenStreetMap.
First SR is for fresh ideas in the Board. Second SR is for a hope that
some people get new ideas with time. And the resolution for immediate
elections is there because we want to kickstart the process of renewing
the Board, not waiting until recently elected members become as
disillusioned as Frederik was when writing his manifesto.
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