[Osmf-talk] Corporate Membership update

Gregory nomoregrapes at googlemail.com
Fri Jul 1 19:55:21 UTC 2016

I can see it would be good to describe what level involvement relates to
which level membership, but I don't like how closely it relates to use.

What about corporations that want to be members because they think OSM is
awesome and wish to show that in a committed way (rather than a one-off
donation or SotM sponsorship)? At the moment some organisations even offer
a free service/mirror to show their support, but you could argue it is
better for continuity and long-term vision if they gave annually to the
OSMF services.

As for the other organisations including universities... does research
about/on-top-off OSM count as "use" and on what level is OSM a
benefit/requirement to them?

On Jul 1, 2016 8:34 PM, "Christoph Hormann" <chris_hormann at gmx.de> wrote:

> Thanks for reopening the discussion.
> I think it is a good idea to be specific about what kind of corporate
> OSM users should apply for which package.  To me an entry package for
> EUR 1500 seems rather steep though.  What if someone uses OSM in
> business, it is helpful, and maybe loosing it would even severely
> affect business but still EUR 1500 per year would way exceed all these
> benefits and is not justifiable for the business?  This is going to be
> fairly rare in western Europe and the US but worldwide i can easily
> imagine hundreds, maybe thousands of companies where this applies.  I
> think you need to consider what message you send to such a company with
> such a price structure.
> I know this is called "Corporate Membership" so formally it simply won't
> apply to most of the companies i have in mind here but since there is
> no separate membership program for small and medium enterprises that
> are not corporations i think this is still a valid concern.
> "Advisory board access" needs explanation.
> > Based on the feedback on this list, and some more discussion within
> > the board, we have a revised version of the proposed Corporate
> > Membership tiers, which we put on a public-writable document:
> In case you have not seen this i made some further suggestions on the
> matter of financial support from companies in a mail in the "Budget for
> 2016" thread:
> https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/osmf-talk/2016-May/003822.html
> --
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