[Osmf-talk] Balancing the presence of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team at the OSM Foundation in 2017

john whelan jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 29 23:11:55 UTC 2017


>With that in mind, I would be far happier with a board member distribution
that was closer to the demographics of the OSM community.

Interesting given the very high turnover rate of mappers does this mean we
should be seeking someone with little or no mapping experience?

Sorry I cored

On 29 November 2017 at 17:35, Tobias Knerr <osm at tobias-knerr.de> wrote:

> On 29.11.2017 16:46, Frederik Ramm wrote:
> > There haven't been any board decisions which would directly affect HOT,
> > and I certainly haven't seen anything in my time on the board where I
> > thought that HOT was given an unfair advantage.
>
> That's good to hear, and I generally trust our board members to handle
> conflicts of interest responsibly. However, this is only the most
> obvious potential issue – not the only one.
>
> At least for me, the main concern with the disproportionate HOT
> involvement in OSMF is more subtle: HOT has a somewhat different culture
> from the larger OSM community in many ways, such as seemingly favouring
> more traditional organisational structures (more structured,
> "professional", with larger budgets, ...) and a different outlook on
> mapping (e.g. less concerned about directed mapping, relying on more
> clearly defined tasks instead of generalist contributors, ...).
>
> Those are just broad tendencies, of course, and there is as wide a
> diversity of opinions among HOT contributors as in any other subset of
> the OSM community. Board members with a HOT background are still
> individuals, after all, and don't represent HOT as an organization.
>
> Nevertheless, our background and past experiences in the OSM ecosystem
> inevitably shape how we imagine the future of OSM. That would be
> especially relevant for people who have almost exclusively participated
> in OSM through HOT-related activities, but is likely a noticeable
> influence even for members with a more balanced OSM CV.
>
> With that in mind, I would be far happier with a board member
> distribution that was closer to the demographics of the OSM community.
> That is, with a far larger share of volunteer mappers, and ideally no
> two members hailing from the same company or organization.
>
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