[Osmf-talk] Humanitarian work (was: 2018 a third episode...)

Blake Girardot bgirardot at gmail.com
Sun Dec 16 19:54:23 UTC 2018

On Sun, Dec 16, 2018 at 2:39 PM Dale Kunce <dale.kunce at gmail.com> wrote:
> Again I wasn't around for those early days and only know first hand the story I've participated in since 2012.
> All of HOTs 990s (US NGO tax paperwork) are online you can see that for years HOT wasn't and still isn't a money making venture. Yes HOTs finances are in a stable place but that is because of hard work by many volunteers and staff over the years to build a solid functioning NGO that actually supports emergent mapping communities. HOT, the NGO, continues to prudently reinvest in the OSM community and tools to acheive it's stated goals. It's not some giant money making scheme that it's made out to be.
> Bluntly, I'm tired if HOT being used as the boogyman on the OSM lists. I'm tired of the anti-humanitarian vibe of these list serves by a small group of very loud and active posters. I'm tired of being told that my mapping or opinion doesn't count because I have a non-European centric view of OSM and I wasn't around at some magic gathering in a pub 14 years ago. That just because I got paid to do OSM I'm somehow less.
> For OSM to grow we need many mappers, many communities, many partners. The constant othering of folks that don't conform to your magic ideal of OSM is old and tired.

Well said Dale!

Blake Girardot
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