[Osmf-talk] Mike's open letter
mike at ayeltd.biz
Thu Oct 30 12:51:42 UTC 2014
"This post has a self-certified minimum 2:1 happiness ratio".
This is my summary, a kind-a open letter to the next board and, (at the
bottom), an acknowledgement of my own role in the crisis that OSMF
members perceive and what I plan. It is cut down from a number of
separate emails I had intended making, so I hope it is understandable.
Here goes ...
The OSMF has a a crisis of success. We have roughly 25 volunteers doing
50 substantial already-recognised "jobs" or repeating tasks within OSMF.
And that is is just the ones that were recognised some time ago. This
has not fundamentally changed in the last 3 years, (one board cycle).
But OSMF membership is modestly bigger, the number of OSM registered
users has gone up by 4, the size of the database is up by about 2.5, the
folks actually using our maps/data for something is exploding, and so on
and so on.
It is my strong contention that all our current woes stem from this one
factor. Here are my conclusions from that analysis and reading as much
as I can of your mailing list contributions, reading private emails and
talking to folks. I believe I am being supportive of the next board
and not contradicting the platforms of any our new board candidates,
(thank you all for running!).
*What I ask OSMF members to accept
*o We have basically made sure that the OSMF "supports but does not
control" by saying that it should do everything on a shoestring,
(English idiom = tiny budget), therefore ensuring it does not turn into
a monster. That time is past. It is time for OSMF to raise larger
amounts of money and do things with it ... with OSMF members helping in
the process of doing that responsibly.
*Want I ask the new board to do that costs $$
*o Commit to a face-to-face meeting.
o Work with the HOT board, (they have shared some of our issues and they
have experience on facilitated meetings), and arrange at least one
o Hire a part-time coordinator. Again, HOT can advise.
*What I am going to do
*:-( I am Management Team chair, License Working Group chair and a
sort of backup membership secretary. I am doing an increasingly
ineffective job. This is unhelpful to the board, to OSMF members and to
the project at large. I have also been at it since at least September
2007, am losing motivation and also going to be involved body and soul
with a hot Swedish start-up. I also have a small, enjoyable, happy job
creating new mailing lists ... usually milestones that a new community
is getting going somewhere in the world. But someone else can equally
enjoy that too. So, I am going at least freeze my actvity as MT chair
and relinquish all the other roles.
:-) I am unilaterally starting an experimental project called "Do What I
Want To Do". The basic concept is to create an environment where more
folks want to and can do things for the Foundation on a regular or
semi-regular basis. The environment will include things from diversity
policy and smoothing the way for folks outside Europe/US to mundane
things like how install and maintain software needed to do a specific task.
There will also be Jobs offered /wanted wiki pages. "Jobs wanted": Get
people into the OSMF structure who want to do/achieve specific things
defined by them. "Jobs offered": Break down things that need doing into
smaller units than we do now and recruit folks who can do them and will
enjoy doing them.
My personal goal is to increase the number of folks involved with
OSMF-related work in some way from 25 to 75 by the end of 2015. As this
also needs to be something that I personally want to to, I will be doing
it to suit me, i.e. in fits and bursts. I hope to get some basic wiki
pages and an introduction made to the main talk list by end Monday.
Happy Mapping to all,
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