[Talk-us] Statistics of board candidate edits

David Fawcett david.fawcett at gmail.com
Mon Oct 6 14:24:38 UTC 2014

Excellent description of your experience, education, passion, and
commitment Alyssa.

Again, I think that the work that Alyssa has done shows that she has
skills, experience, and a network that would be very valuable to the board,
and fit what is needed to move OSM US forward.  I have seen of Alyssa's
work in the open source geospatial area.  It is excellent, and her passion
is obvious.

The boards of companies that make products are not made up entirely of
people who intimately understand the manufacturing processes for those
products.  They include people who bring organizational, fiscal, legal,
marketing, and other skills necessary to run the organization.

An OSM US board member should know OSM, they should value and believe in
it, and they should have skills and experience that will move the
organization forward.  Having an extended history of 'on the ground' edits
is not the only way (or necessarily a way) to demonstrate that.


On Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 8:13 AM, alyssa wright <alyssapwright at gmail.com>

> Hi all,
> I'd be interested to hear if there has been a problem in the past with
> board members' editing portfolio? If so, perhaps an appointment of
> "editor-at-large" is actually something the next board should consider?
> Regardless, I do agree that editing is one of the core aspects of the
> OpenStreetMap community and mission and its important such perspective is
> represented on the board. But just as diversity of people and experiences
> is at the heart of what makes OSM great, I would imagine a diversity of
> expertise rests at the heart of a great OSM board.
> I also recognize that statistics can help put contributions to OSM in
> perspective. Towards that goal, I've compiled some metrics that reflect my
> commitment to the success of the OpenStreetMap community. I ask you to
> consider these when voting for the next board.
> Over the past year I have done the following:
>    - Hosted 26 events on open data and mapping with a total attendance of
>    1575 people
>    - Started the MaptimeNYC chapter and currently sit on its advisory
>    board
>    - Advocated extensively to 3 federal agencies and 5 city ones (DoITT,
>    Capital, DOT, Criminal Justice, OEM) about OpenStreetMap.
>    - Attended at least 27 open mapping and data conferences across the
>    country, often with local state and government GIS departments
>    - Currently submitting a proposal to host the next SOTM US
> My *entire* professional career has been in advocation for the adoption
> of open geospatial technologies and data, first at OpenGeo/Boundless and
> most currently at Mapzen. My *entire* graduate education at NYU and MIT
> centered on maps as a tool of empathy. I have a passion (and talent) for
> bringing people together to find their own voice and contributions to
> mapping and I will continue to bring such extensive experience to the OSM
> community, regardless of role.
> Best,
> Alyssa.
> On Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 2:07 AM, Clifford Snow <clifford at snowandsnow.us>
> wrote:
>> On Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 8:21 PM, Paul Norman <penorman at mac.com> wrote:
>>> While a candidate may have other skills, I'd want to hear from them in
>>> their manifesto why those skills make up for their complete lack of
>>> OpenStreetMap experience, and why they would be more able to apply those
>>> skills as a board member, rather than volunteering them without being a
>>> board member.
>> Paul,
>> I would hope we are selecting candidates with the skills needed to serve
>> on the US Chapter's Board. It seems the two biggest functions are finance
>> and the running of the SOTM-US conference. We are not selecting
>> editor-in-chief. My experience in selecting board members for non profits
>> is to find the best individual to fill the needs of the organization. These
>> usually include the ability to raise monies, organize, communicate and
>> plan. Additionally, in some positions, leadership skills are necessary.
>> We all know great mappers, but not many would do well on the Board. On
>> the other hand, we know of people that have no mapping experience but would
>> do great on our board.
>> Let elect individuals that can help us grow OSM. Ask yourself which of
>> the candidates will best serve the needs of the community? If you do, I
>> think you'll see that the number of edits has little to do with serving on
>> the Board.
>> Clifford
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