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

Christoph Hormann chris_hormann at gmx.de
Sat Nov 28 17:14:49 UTC 2015

On Saturday 28 November 2015, Joseph Reeves wrote:
> >and i am not sure if this is reconcilable with being a HOT
> >member.
> On this I couldn't disagree more.

You are welcome to disagree, i do not think my view here is the only 
possible one and i do not have the advantage of an inside experience 
with HOT.

But i think you should re-evaluate your assessment that "HOT and the 
OSMF are not working towards different goals".  This sounds to me very 
much like - to paraphrase a famous quote - "the probability of 
substantial differences between the goals of HOT and OSMF is 
necessarily very close to zero"(*) Meaning: it would be convenient if 
it was but there are no actual facts indicating it is.  There are 
countless mostly minor examples from everyday mapping practice where 
differences manifest - just to give an example:


Categorically stating there are no such differences in goals does not 
change this.

(*) For those who don't recognize it: 

Christoph Hormann

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