[Osmf-talk] Board decision on Crimea complaint

Rob Nickerson rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com
Mon Dec 10 20:47:15 UTC 2018

Hi Martijn,

Thanks for letting us know - I appreciate the quick response. I look
forward to reading the full explanation when it is ready (preferably days
rather than weeks) and understand why you would want to take the time to
get this right. Unlike the others who have commented, I do not believe that
this is to allow time to "desperately cast around for a way to rationalise
that decision" - I am not that lacking in trust of you. Instead I
understand that with such a politically charged issue, it is prudent to
ensure the right tone in the message before it is sent. This issue has
already done a lot of damage and it would be wrong for more damage to be
created by badly written board communications.

Of course, the alternative was to say nothing until the text is ready, but
as noted at the top, I appreciate the speed of the response especially
given that you all have to squeeze your OSM duties in the small amount of
time left after day jobs and family.

P.S. I am not commenting on whether the decision is right or wrong as I am
not adequately informed to comment on that. I just wanted to provide a
possible reason as to why Martijn has indicated that the full explanation
may take some time.

Best regards,

On Mon, 10 Dec 2018 at 16:58, Martijn van Exel <m at rtijn.org> wrote:

> Hi all,
> On November 17, the OSMF Board of Directors received a request to review
> the Nov 14, 2018 Data Working Group decision regarding Crimea.
> The Board decided that this decision is to be reversed and the previous
> situation, as laid out in the May 5, 2014 Data Working Group minutes, is to
> further remain in effect.
> The board highly values the Data Working Group’s work and appreciates the
> difficulty and complexity of the cases they are asked to review on an
> ongoing basis.
> A more comprehensive statement will follow in the next weeks.
> Best regards,
> Martijn van Exel
> Secretary, OpenStreetMap Foundation
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