[Strategic] The workload of OSMF

Steven Feldman shfeldman at gmail.com
Wed May 11 12:08:55 BST 2011


Frederik

Sometimes you can't see the wood for the trees and that could be where Strategic could offer some perspective for example

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On 11 May 2011, at 12:00, strategic-request at openstreetmap.org wrote:

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> You have probably seen this on osm-talk
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> The OpenStreetMap Foundation board announced today the resignation of
> Emilie Laffray.
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> http://blog.osmfoundation.org/2011/05/09/emilie-laffray-resignation/
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> Jo Walsh commented:
> Glancing over the OSMF board meeting minutes - meeting weekly, find that amazing. For other technical foundation boards,  monthly is pretty frequent. OKF board meets quarterly... So it strikes me you on the board are doing a fantastic amount of work to keep OSM(F) running - many tasks that in similar contexts, people are paid to do. OKF recently hired a part-time person to help deal with administratve burden, keep track of projects and working groups, could OSMF think about the same / about revenue models to support that?
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> Should this be a subject for discussion in SWG?
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> Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 10:06:44 +0200
> From: Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org>
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> Steven,
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> On 05/11/11 09:37, Steven Feldman wrote:
>> Jo Walsh commented:
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>>    Glancing over the OSMF board meeting minutes - meeting weekly, find
>>    that amazing. For other technical foundation boards, monthly is
>>    pretty frequent. OKF board meets quarterly...
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> I think Jo is right, and from what an outsider can see, the weekly OSMF 
> board meetings seem to consist largely of going through an agenda, 
> finding that there's no change, and re-scheduling the issue for next time ;)
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> It seems to me that there is some organisational problem in how OSMF 
> board works. I'm not assigning any blame or saying someone does 
> something wrong - I have only the information available from the 
> minutes, and it seems that there's a disparity between the frequent 
> meetings and the assumed toll that takes on OSMF members' free time and 
> what comes out of it.
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> But if this assessment is correct, then it is fundamentally an OSMF 
> board problem that can only be solved by OSMF board. It might be 
> possible that a part-time hire could help, but it is OSMF board that 
> would need to step up and say: Here, we have this problem, and we've 
> decided to hire someone to help.
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> If it comes to un-elected working groups debating how to help the 
> elected OSMF board do their job better because OSMF board cannot fix 
> themselves on their own then I think we really have a problem. In that 
> case, OSMF board shold resign completely, and SWG should ask to be 
> elected board ;)
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> Bye
> Frederik
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