[Osmf-talk] Freemap Slovakia Local Chapter application

Joost Schouppe joost at osmfoundation.org
Mon Nov 23 09:18:33 UTC 2020

Hi Roland,

We in the Board had similar concerns and asked a few questions on the
topic. Info here is from March 2020.

* What's the current membership count? (“~10 (2018 data)”). How many people
are "voting members"? How many people are going to "gradate" to voting
members over the next year or so? Do you usually apply this method or are
members usually integrated sooner by board decision?

*> membership count oscilates around 10-15 members with voting rights
and2-3 registered members (some of them should become regular members,
butthe overall number is still low). we struggle to get more members, butso
are other NGOs (wikimedia, other open source initiatives)*

* Is this "delayed voting rights" common in Slovak organisations?

*registered and full members difference is not regular, but also not

* Is there a specific threat of take over you are worried about, or is this
more "just a precaution"?

*other features (like that GA must be in Slovakia) also comefrom bad
experiences from other organizations. since there are onlya handfull of
members, it's mainly a precaution.*

I'll suggest to the Freemap people to chime in here directly.


On Mon, Nov 23, 2020 at 7:34 AM Roland Olbricht via osmf-talk <
osmf-talk at openstreetmap.org> wrote:

> Hi,
> I appreciate the effort put into growing the number of local chapters.
> But in this case the translation of the AoA gives rise for questions:
> (1)(b):
> "Any natural or legal person who, for at least two years, has
> contributed to the achievement of the objectives of the association as a
> registered member, may become a regular member of the association. For
> reasons of particular interest, the Board of Directors may decide to be
> admitted as a full member also in the case of a person who does not
> fulfill the two-year terms of support of the objectives of the
> association under the previous sentence. A regular member has the right
> to vote at a general meeting."
> and
> (2)(b)
> "The Board of Directors decides on the admission of a regular member on
> the basis of a written application by an overwhelming majority of all
> members of the Board of Directors."
> This can be read as: the Board decides who is allowed to elect the next
> board.
> This is not the conecpt of open membership we require for local
> chapters. However, we have seen AoA with such clauses in various
> flavours in many local chapters. Could you provide us with numbers, please:
> - How many members have been admitted as regular members?
> - How many have been denied?
> - How many have been fast-tracked (shorter than the two years)?
> - How does the timing relate to the general assembly (i.e. mass
> admission shortly before or shortly too late for the general assembly)?
> - Is there a legal requirement or legal tradition in Slovakia that could
> explain the choice of process?
> Best regards,
> Roland
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