[Talk-it] Fwd: OpenStreetMap Foundation - AGM Newsletter

Cristiano Giovando giovand at gmail.com
Mon Sep 1 14:35:13 BST 2008


Si conferma anche quest'anno la predominanza britannica (6 su 7) nel
board della Fondazione OSM. Complimenti a Simone per averci provato e
pensiamo al prossimo anno.


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From: Michael Collinson <membership at osmfoundation.org>
Date: Mon, Sep 1, 2008 at 2:40 PM
Subject: OpenStreetMap Foundation - AGM Newsletter
To: membership at osmfoundation.org

Dear OSM Foundation Members,

Here are my informal notes on this Saturday's AGM in London. Any
inaccuracies are mine.  Formal minutes and accounts will appear on the
OSMF website in due course.

Chairman's Address (Steve Coast)

Chairman Steve Coast remarked that he was delighted with the
continuing growth of OpenStreetMap, up from 12,000 confirmed OSM
website registrations one year ago to 59,000 - with probably the
biggest spike just yesterday (Friday) of 1,000.  The movement as a
whole has significantly matured with volunteers taking up specific
separate roles in coding, server administration, the OSMF board and
other areas.  As well as a significant force for social good, the
ethos and activities of OSM are legitimizing in the commercial world
too, as ITO, Cloudmade and Geofabrik testify.

Treasurer's Report

Treasurer Etienne Cherdlu presented draft Income and Balance Sheet
statements for the last 11 months.  He highlighted the following

- Income 17,000 UK pounds, Expenses 14,000 pounds, retained earnings
2,500 pounds.

- The main income activity came from commercial sponsorship and
registration fees for the State of The Map 2008 Conference held in
Limerick in July. Donations and membership fees also played an
important role.

- On the expense side,  State of The Map was also the major activity
(hire of the conference facility etc).  3,500 pounds was spent on
hardware to support the OSM system - this was low and there is a
surplus in the budget to increase this over the coming few months.
600 pounds was spent on ongoing legal advice on transferring to a new
license, currently know as the Open DataBase License.  The other item
of significant expenditure was for travel to promote OSM at key
conferences and meetings.

- The general trend of the Foundation's finances is gently upwards.
The rate of donations is particularly encouraging and much
appreciated.  There was one large anonymous donation of 6,000 pounds
and a significant number of smaller amounts in the 15 to 100 pound

Election Of Officers

Here are the results:

Nick Black   25 Newly elected
Etienne Cherdlu       30  Re-elected
Michael Collinson    25   Re-elected
Henk Hoff                19   Newly elected
Mikel Maron             25  Re-elected
Andy Robinson         29   Re-elected
Simone Cortesi         11
Grant Slater              18
Richard Weait           10

(The Chairman's position is not up for re-election this year)

The Chairman welcomed new board members Nick Black and Henk Hoff and
thanked retiring members Richard Fairhurst and Corey Burger as well as
all who had put themselves forward in the election.


A total of 12 persons attended the meeting.

Michael Collinson
OSMF membership secretary

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