[Osmf-talk] Balancing the presence of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT US Inc) in the OpenStreetMap Foundation
chris_hormann at gmx.de
Wed Nov 25 10:07:49 UTC 2015
It seems to me discourse here is loosing track somewhat of the subject
(i.e. the OSMF board elections).
It is quite obvious that many of the candidates this year have a HOT
background of some sort and this certainly raised a few eyebrows within
the OSM community. Nicolas has expressed his views about this, from a
subjective perspective for sure but without personally attacking any of
the people involved and countering that with remarks like 'cynical'
and 'intentionally negative' does not seem appropriate.
Ultimately it is up to the OSMF members to decide which people they want
on the board and after the board is elected it is up to the OSM
community to decide to what extent they want to support their new board
through participation in working groups and otherwise. With this
background in mind it is probably not wise from any perspective to try
pushing the members in a certain direction here.
Note so far several of the candidates have pointed their HOT experiences
as qualifications for the board. On the other hand members might also
think their involvement in HOT to have shaped and influenced their
views and approach to things in a way they do not consider desirable
for the OSMF board. In light of this i would strongly suggest the
candidates to read and if possible answer the questions on
if they have not already done so. Several of these questions
specifically cover topics where views might differ from the average OSM
perspective within the HOT community. And even if many of the replies
do not directly answer the questions they are generally helpful to get
an idea how the candidates 'tick'.
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