[Osmf-talk] Balancing the presence of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT US Inc) in the OpenStreetMap Foundation

Kate Chapman kate at maploser.com
Wed Nov 25 00:49:27 UTC 2015

Hi All,

I'd like to make a few clarifications regarding what was stated:

HOT is a non-profit corporation which is an incorporation type in the
United States and is registered as a 501c3 with the Internal Revenue
Service which makes it a tax-exempt public charity.

While I was serving as Executive Director of HOT and was on the Board of
the OSMF there was one time where the OSMF and HOT had business. I recused
myself from discussions on BOTH sides, I actually don't know what the
result was of those discussions between HOT and the OSMF at all. Currently
my relationship to HOT is I'm a member (it is a membership organization),
the only volunteering I've done since I left in April is answer questions
when posed to me and nominate a candidate to HOT for membership. Typically
when people leave a job it is not still considered that a conflict of
interest might rise regarding their previous position. If the OSMF and the
Cadasta Foundation where to ever have discussions (I can't think of a
reason why they would) then I would recuse myself (I'm employed by Cadasta
and on the Board of Directors of the organization).

I think the rest of the OSMF Board who I have served with this year can
speak to the fact that I've never been "representing" HOT while serving the
OSMF. Do I draw on my experiences learned in HOT and does it benefit the
OSMF? I think yes, but leave that for others to decide.

What Nicolas also neglected to mention is he co-founded HOT, is a former
board member and is currently a member of the organization. A couple years
ago a disagreement arose over the direction of the organization which
appears to be spilling into the OSMF.



On Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 4:06 PM, Blake Girardot <bgirardot at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Nico,
> Thank you for the heads up on some of the people running for OSMF board.
> Somewhat fact free of course, but none the less enlightening as to
> different people's perspectives.
> The only minor correction I would make is that HOT US Inc. is not
> represented on the OSMF board now or ever by Kate, nor will it be
> represented on the OSMF board should any of the people you list or anyone
> else be elected to the board.
> Never to my knowledge has anyone from HOT US Inc. (or as we like to call
> it: HOT) ever spoken directly to Kate in her role as OSMF board member
> about any HOT related issue or concern.
> And further, I can promise you that the same will apply for me at least to
> anyone that is elected to the OSMF board in the future.
> I am a board member for HOT US Inc. (or as I like to call it: HOT ;) and
> in that role I have one main duty and obligation: To do what I think is in
> the best interests of HOT and its mission when I am in my role as board
> member.
> I expect that everyone elected to the OSMF Board has a similar duty and
> obligation to OSMF, to do what they believe in the best interests of the
> OSMF and its mission and I trust every board member of the OSMF to do
> exactly that.
> I would really like to see some discussion from the people running for
> OSMF board on what their vision for OSM is.
> How do they see growing OSM, strengthening the worldwide OSM community and
> ensuring OSM's future.
> What do you see as the challenges facing OSM in the near and long term?
> Further, lets hear about qualifications?
> Any board member needs to bring a strong track record of at least one of
> these three things to their role as board member:
> Time, experience or fundraising skills.
> I would love to hear any of the candidates support their candidacy with
> their views on which of those three they bring to the effort.
> Conspiracy theories are entertaining and all, but I am more concerned with
> reality and getting more good OSM community builders on the OSMF board,
> like we have had in the past.
> Cheers,
> Blake
> On 11/24/2015 11:56 PM, nicolas chavent wrote:
>> Dear OSMF voting members and mappers,
>> This short note (also published in my diary [1]) to draw your
>> attention on the danger for OSMF (and the OSM project) in the case the
>> United States NGO "Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team US Inc" (aka HOT US
>> Inc) got a majority at the OSMF Board after this 2015 election.
>> Mikel Maron, Joseph Reeves and Yantisa Akhadi, all members of the NGO
>> HOT US Inc, are running for the OSMF Board [2]; Kate Chapman, the
>> former ED of HOT US Inc serves already as Board Officer in OSMF.
>> Shall Mikel Maron, Joseph Reeves and Yantisa Akhadi be elected, HOT US
>> Inc will get a majority at the Board of the Foundation.
>> This will provide a single organization of the OSM ecosystem (HOT US
>> Inc) with an unprecedented and excessive power of influence over the
>> Foundation.
>> This running of three candidates from the same organization is
>> puzzling and troublesome when one considers that HOT US Inc (and
>> therefore its perspective around OpenStreetMap) is already represented
>> at the OSMF Board since Sept 2013. Why extending its presence and
>> influence and consequently diminishing the OSM diversity represented
>> at the OSMF Board?
>> A greater HOT US Inc presence at the OSMF Board would be a matter of
>> concern in terms of :
>> - balance of powers
>> - diversity of visions, thoughts and practices around OSM
>> - board dynamics: a collective of HOT US Inc Boardees would interact
>> with single individuals.
>> This is a bad practice which is not followed by any Organizations;
>> this is specifically true for representative bodies (organization
>> representing organizations) such as OSMF
>> Here are some elements that OSMF voting members shall have in ming
>> prior casting their ballot 28-Nov onwards bearing in minds that HOT US
>> Inc and this perspective about OSM is already represented at the OSMF
>> Board through Kate Chapman.
>> The HOT US Inc perspective informs, like other perspectives, the work
>> of the Foundation and has its effect on the OSM project, there is no
>> need to take risks in providing this group with more room in the
>> Foundation which is hot enough in these times of winter.
>> Best,
>> Nicolas
>> [1]: https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Nicolas Chavent/diary/36750
>> [2]:
>> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Foundation/AGM15/Election_to_Board
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