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

Joseph Reeves iknowjoseph at gmail.com
Mon Nov 30 13:13:57 UTC 2015

Hi Christian,

It is a shame that we didn't have a "do you have enough time to dedicate to
the OSMF Board?" asked as a question on the wiki. I suppose it wasn't
because the assumption is that by running you're proposing that you do have
enough time.

I would like to say that I do have enough free time to serve on the OSMF

Being a HOT member doesn't automatically make you busy with HOT work year
round, there are people that are busy 24x7, but I've tried to explain that
I am not one of these people. HOT membership is for many people, for most
of the year, little more than another mailing list subscription. There are
some responsibilities of course, but it's nowhere near a full-time job;
it's nowhere near a part-time job either. Speaking personally, being a dog
owner is more of a time sink than being a HOT member [0]. I hope that some
of the recent email discussions may help explain why I would recently want
to take a less active role in HOT.

As I have previously stated, I have no decision making ability within HOT,
my membership is a sign of a previous contribution / commitment. Moving
forward I would like to serve OSM in new ways.

Cheers, Joseph

[0] I have seen depressingly few emails concerning the over representation
of dog owners within the OSMF Board and the implications for future
decision making.

On 30 November 2015 at 12:55, Christian Quest <cquest at openstreetmap.fr>

> Why I won't vote for most HOT candidates running for OSMF board election ?
> I doubt they will have enough time to do both things correctly at the same
> time (meaning for example dealing with non humanitarian topics at OSMF).
> I've asked myself about being candidate at OSMF board election because
> I've been asked by a couple of people to run for OSMF board election. My
> first question was quite simple: do I have enough free time to be useful at
> the board ? So far the question was NO... maybe next year if I can find
> more free time to dedicate for such a role.
> Conflict of interest is another thing, and I have no clear view on that
> but the seek of "soft-power" seems clear to me.
> OSMF board needs diversity and/or neutrality. To allow that we need a
> mixture of people from different horizons, continents, genders, cultures,
> professionnal backgrounds.
> Having too much people from north america or europe is not a good thing,
> same with people with same professionnal background (like GIS related), not
> even mentionning people from same company and/or organization...
> Even if humanitarian use of OSM is very important, it is not the goal of
> the OSM project. That's why HOT is useful, to have dedicated organizations
> dealing with different topics... and we should not mix too much.
> Don't get it wrong, I love HOT, hotties, just keep the good work done at
> HOT... and you already have someone with enough humanitarian related
> knowledge at the OSMF board.
> --
> Christian Quest - OpenStreetMap France
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