[Osmf-talk] OSM and Diversity

Oleksiy Muzalyev oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch
Fri Jul 28 19:37:33 UTC 2017

Dear Kate,

In my opinion it would be a good idea to include the principles of 
non-discrimination and impartiality into the OSMF Core Values list [1]. 
Similar as it is done at the Wikimedia [2] or the ICRC [3].

Still in 70s the general belief was that women cannot, say, run long 
distances, that their anatomy is too fragile for this. Marijke Moser [4] 
had to participate in races as a "clandestine" to prove otherwise. 
Nowadays anyone who participated in a race knows that a woman can be as 
strong runner as it gets.

But that epoch was not so long ago. So it makes sense to add these two 
principles into the OSMF Core Value list, to remove any doubt, which as 
we see does exist.

[1] http://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Mission_Statement
[2] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Values
[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marijke_Moser

With best regards,

On 27.07.17 18:40, Kate Chapman wrote:
> OSMF Diversity
> Hi All, Remember me? The only woman who has ever managed to serve a 
> full term on the OSMF Board? The fact that we continue to have these 
> superficial debates makes me wonder if I've just wasted the past 
> decade of my life being involved in OpenStreetMap. (In just typing 
> this I'm waiting for someone to go, oh wait a woman is wrong on the 
> Internet. Kate has only done OSM for ~8.5 years not 10).
> I don't see much disagreement that OpenStreetMap does not represent 
> the make-up of the world we are trying to map. What I do see is 
> disagreement is if it is an issue, if the community is causing it and 
> disagreement as to what to do about it.
> Is it an issue? Yes. It is pretty simple, if we are trying to create a 
> detailed worldwide map then we need to map childcare, strip clubs and 
> even chicken statues (my town has at least 10, no they aren't all 
> mapped yet). People from different backgrounds have a different 
> worldview, different items are important to them and they will help 
> make the map just that much better.
> Is the community causing it? I would say partially. I'm only saying 
> partially because of the general sexism, racisim and classism already 
> existing in society. We certainly aren't doing much to try to make it 
> better though. In OSM it is death by thousand cuts though. Before 
> elected to the OSMF Board I was told I would never win because I was a 
> woman. That is one cut. As Chairperson being called Chairman is 
> another one. Clearly the position was made for a man. Seeing subtle 
> sexism on mailing lists, yet another.
> How to fix it? There is a simple thing everyone can do, everyday to 
> help in a small way. Make room for other types of people. For example 
> Frederik, instead of spending 2 hours analyzing Dr. Stephens' work 
> because she was "wrong" in 2013. I have a suggestion. Just don't. It 
> happened years ago and it doesn't matter. Often in OSM we get caught 
> up in people not doing it "our way". Don't just narrow in on a 
> technicality. Rather than looking at how the tagging methods she 
> looked at were incorrect maybe we should ask ourselves how we should 
> change this? Other ways to make room, communicate more gently, assume 
> good intent, let people just be wrong sometimes, the world won't explode.
> -Kate
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