[Osmf-talk] OpenStreetMap Japan Local Chapter Application / OpenStreetMapJapanローカルチャプターアプリケーション
nicolas.chavent at gmail.com
Wed Feb 3 20:29:15 UTC 2021
Thanks Rory for opening the community discussion about OSM Japan LC
Thanks to all the folks from Japan for the engagement and the work
that goes into it.
I'd like to take advantage of this application to bring forth a
discussion topic I think we need to consider within OSMF and LCs which
is about the status of "paid services" within the resources of a LC.
This is a point I made during the community discussion of the
MapUganda LC application (it reads fully as a diary note  in the
Ugandan and Haitian/African context).
The part of discussion which relates to paid services within OSMF and
given OSMF LCs, reads below:
"We shall first look back at OSMF and LC and remind ourselves of the
early ages of the OSM project when its ecosystem was nascent and
review some of the strengths that lead to its current affirmation.
Frederik’s question brings us with the non written rule or the
jurisprudence behind the practices under which OSMF and LC from
“developed” countries have been functioning resources-wise so far:
banning paid services from their resources. This is true at OSMF. This
is equally true in given LC like OSMFR where this banning of “paid
services” from the actual resources of the association is collectively
restated year after year at its AGM. This choice in terms of OSMF
resources as well as the choice of keeping the Foundation small (in
its resources, staffing, perimeter of actions) has the benefit to
leave the provision of paid services provision in the hands of
“business” entities of all types (freelancers, associations,
cooperatives, NGOs, business firms…) outside of the OSMF which largely
remains a volunteer-based organization. This allows OSMF neutrality
vis a vis business entities. This limits the room for business logics
as well as conflict of interests in the OSMF which has to handle the
influence of business and business logics without having to operate
with business logics. This efficiently limits the “benefits” members
and especially directors can expect from OSMF. This also safeguards
reasonably the OSMF Board so that professionals or members of business
entities can participate without breaking OSMF neutrality towards
economic operators. These choices contribute essentially to the
autonomy of the OSMF and the OSM sustainability in the long run
allowing for a diversified ecosystem and free interactions of all
actors including business entities of all sorts. This community
discussion about MapUganda LC approval highlights the needs to revise
and consolidate parts of LC and OSMF aspects and processes, these
future discussions shall feature making this “paid services”
jurisprudence a written law as well as defining the essential
perimeter of actions of the OSMF which has been recently enlarged to
system administration, software development, fundraising and human
resources not without yielding questions about possible changes this
can brought to the model of the small OSMF which spearheaded the
growth of the project up to now."
I'd be interested in hearing from you on this topic within:
* the context of this OSM Japan LC application ; but also
* As a practice for consideration/thinking in OSMF which could lead,
if deemed relevant, to codifying good practice, producing LC resource
template, possibly amending AoA.
Be well and stay healthy,
On Tue, Feb 2, 2021 at 10:27 PM Rory McCann (OSMF Board)
<rory.mccann at osmfoundation.org> wrote:
> ご存知かもしれませんが、一般社団法人オープンストリートマップ・ファウンデーション・メタル（OpenStreetMap Foundation Japan）が、OpenStreetMap Foundation forJapanの公式ローカルチャプターになりました。申請プロセスの一環として、日本のOSMコミュニティ、およびより広いOSMFコミュニティにこれについてお聞きしたいと思います。このアプリケーションをサポートしていますか？質問、コメント、懸念はありますか？あなたはこれらの人々を知っていますか？彼らは日本の地元のOSMコミュニティを代表していると思いますか？あなたはこの組織で活動していますか？
> このローカルチャプターアプリケーションに関するすべての情報は、OSMF Webサイトで見つけることができます：https：//wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Local_Chapters/Applications/Japan
> ここに返信するか、OSMFボードに個人的に連絡することができます：board at osmfoundation.org
> You may be aware that 一般社団法人オープンストリートマップ・ファウンデーション・ ジャパン (OpenStreetMap Foundation Japan) has applied to become an official Local Chapter of the OpenStreetMap Foundation for Japan. As part of the application process, we would like to ask you, the OSM community in Japan, and the wider OSMF community, about this. Do you support this application? Do you have any questions, comments or concerns? Do you know these people? Do you feel that they represent the local OSM community in Japan? Are you active in this organisation?
> You can find all the information about this Local Chapter application on the OSMF website: https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Local_Chapters/Applications/Japan
> We will close this round of discussion two weeks from now (i.e. 16 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 Japan team for this submission.
> Rory McCann
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