[Talk-us] OSM US Chapter elections and

SteveC steve at asklater.com
Thu Sep 15 19:00:32 BST 2011

On 9/15/2011 11:56 AM, Jim McAndrew wrote:
> There has been some informal talk about when the elections are coming up.
> I think with SOTM this year, things have been more focused on that 
> than the elections.

SOTM was largely organised by OSMF and the working group with some funds 
channeled through the US.

With the greatest respect to those involved, I think it's better to just 
put the issue on the table that HOT took everyones time and not a lot of 
progress has been made with OSMFUS. That was great for HOT, as you can 
see, but OSMFUS needs people on the next board with the time to make the 
progress it needs, if for no other reason than showing those upstairs in 
Canada what we can do ;-)


> I'm not a member of the board, although I am running this time around, 
> but this is my understanding of the questions:
>   * Where are the financial reports?
>       o The secretary most likely has these, if they are published,
>         I'm not sure how current they are
>   * What assets does the Chapter have? e.g  cash, investments, servers
>     and other hardware
>       o The cash number would probably be in the financial report,
>         there are servers and some schwag
>   * Who administers the server resources? (Ian and ?)
>       o I believe that Ian is doing at least 90% of this
>   * Will administration of the servers change after the election?
>       o I think Ian is pretty set on doing this, but if he isn't on
>         the new board, we may want to have him bring someone else up
>         to speed
>   * What are Chapter servers being utilized for now?
>       o This is a very good question, I think it's mostly imports and
>         bots, but I really don't know
>   * What are the ongoing operations and maintenance costs for the servers?
>       o These are pretty minimal right now, this should also be
>         answered in the financial report
>   * What projects are going on now or will be started after the election,
>       o There are a number of subgroups that are all linked from the
>         OSM US Chapter page on the wiki
>           + http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Foundation/Local_Chapters/United_States
>   * and what are the financial commitments?
>       o I'm not sure on this, it would be on the financial reports as well
>   * How many members are there?
>       o I believe it to be 25ish
>   * Has the Technical, Education & Student Outreach or US Tagging
>     working groups ever met?
>       o The groups as a whole haven't, but each board member is
>         responsible for one or more groups, and the board members
>         voice the group concerns
> I hope my view of these situations at least gets some people talking 
> on this subject. I don't know if my answers are 100% right, but it 
> should be enough to get the ball rolling on these issues.
> --
> Jim McAndrew
> @JimmyRocks
> On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 11:30 AM, Richard Weait <richard at weait.com 
> <mailto:richard at weait.com>> wrote:
>     On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 1:12 PM, Josh Doe <josh at joshdoe.com
>     <mailto:josh at joshdoe.com>> wrote:
>     > I'm having trouble finding any information about the elections
>     for the
>     > OSM US chapter,
>     The 2010 election was held in August, by email.  So it's probably a
>     bit late this year.
>     Minutes from meetings since March, if any, are missing from
>     http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Call_Minutes
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