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

Mikel Maron mikel_maron at yahoo.com
Mon Nov 30 15:49:38 UTC 2015

Hi Christian, all
> 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 traded emails with Christian offline to make sure I understood his objections clearly, and I think there was a misunderstanding. Turns out, he thought myself and the other candidates who are also HOT Voting Members were currently on the HOT Board. None of us are on the HOT Board presently, and I think that clarification addresses the concerns that caught Christian's attention. 
Now, I don't necessarily think that being on the HOT Board and the OSMF Board are incompatible, but that's not the situation we're possibly facing here, so no reason to get into that now.
* Mikel Maron * +14152835207 @mikel s:mikelmaron 

    On Monday, November 30, 2015 7:58 AM, Christian Quest <cquest at openstreetmap.fr> wrote:

 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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