[Osmf-talk] OpenStreetMap Poland Local Chapter Application

Craig Allan allan at iafrica.com
Tue Feb 2 09:20:40 UTC 2021


The Polish Local Chapter application seems to be sufficiently in order.  
I support it as it stands.

It could be a bit better, so some comments on optional changes follow:

Noting: The issue about members needing to be approved by the Board is 
not, in my opinion, an obstacle. I like the idea that the Board should 
be aware of every new member and should formally note their membership 
and welcome them - quite similar to how Local Chapters are formally 
reviewed and welcomed by OSMF.

I'd prefer if it explicitly stated that refusal of membership should be 
for a stated reason, the reason should be provided to the applicant and 
that refusal does not bar later application if the problems are cleared.

It does say that "any person" can join, but it would be good to see a 
non discrimination clause in the articles of association that covers the 
usual problems - discrimination by age, race, national origin, language, 
gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion etc. etc.

Making the definition of "present" at a general meeting more clear is 
important. Physical presence, virtual presence or presence by granting 
proxy voting rights to another member are options.

The issue of being specific about fees is not important. It is a local 
issue. I believe that AoA clauses should be principles not details. 
There should simply be a clause in the AoA that the Board may set 
membership fees subject to approval by a general meeting. I would like 
it if they had a clause that says that fee exemption for a member is 
possible for good reasons and may be granted by the Board in a closed 

best wishes
Craig Allan
OSM: cRaIgalLAn
Wiki: CRaIgalLAn
On 2021/02/01 22:52, Rory McCann (OSMF Board) wrote:
> Hello,
> You may be aware that Stowarzyszenie OpenStreetMap Polska has applied to become an official Local Chapter of the OpenStreetMap Foundation for Poland. As part of the application process, we would like to ask you, the OSMF membership, about this. Do you support this application? Do you have any questions, comments or concerns?
> You can find all the information about this Local Chapter application on the OSMF website:  https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Local_Chapters/Applications/Poland
> We will close this round of discussion two weeks from now (i.e. 14 Feb 2021).
> You can reply here or contact the OSMF Board privately: board at osmfoundation.org
> Please tell anyone about this application who might be interested. We want feedback.
> I am looking forward to hearing your responses.
> Thank you to the OSM Poland team for this submission.

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