[OSM-talk] Foundation Elections - Challenge the Candidates

80n 80n80n at gmail.com
Fri Aug 3 17:33:48 BST 2007

I'm currently the Treasurer and I'm standing for re-election.

You can see here what I said when I stood for this position last year:

I haven't changed my views and opinions much since then so most of what I
said still stands:

Inclusive Membership - I really do want as many contributors as possible to
be members of the foundation.  That makes both the foundation and the
project much stronger.

On licensing, it's the contributors that have to decide how they want to
license their data, it's then up to the project to find a way of making that
work.  The foundation does and should actively support that process.

I still believe that the beneficiaries of the data should be the ones to
help finance the project.  While in the early stages donations from
contributors are a necessary source, in the longer term we should be seeking
ways to make it easy for the users of the data to support the project.
There have been significant successes in this direction.  Direct sponsorship
from MultiMap and the conference sponsors now exceeds donations from
individual OSMers by a large factor.

My activities as Treasurer of OSMF during the past year have included
setting up the Foundation as a legal entity (UK registered non-profit
company), set up banking facilities, did a nice deal with Storage Depot that
generates a small but regular income each month from the sale of NaviGPSs,
initiated and prepared several proposals for funding including the Digital
Pioneers funding in the Netherlands. I have also planned one and attended
seven mapping parties, helped organise the State of Map conference done a
bit of hacking on Osmarender and mapped about 98% of the borough of
Elmbridge, south west of London.

For the next year I'd like to see further advances, building on recent
progress, in the provision and management of the core servers.  With focus
particularly on service levels and availability.  Take-on of AND data and
exponential growth in the community mean that this needs to be a priority
objective for the Foundation.  The goal should be well managed,
professionally run servers with planned capacity to meet the needs of the
community and data consumers.

To support the community I'd like to see the creation of local chapters (or
OSMF federated member organisations) in as many countries as possible.  This
will give each country/region the capability to raise funds locally and
organise mapping parties that will help build and bond their communities.  I
am already in early stage discussions with a couple of countries about the
creation of local chapters and see the principle of "think globally, act
locally" to be especially important in the worldwide growth of the OSM

Personally, I'm involved in OSM because it ticks a lot of the boxes for
things that interest me. It's a genuine pleasure to be part of a community
that brings so much talent to bear on such a broad range of problems,
challenges and awesome goals.  OSM is an exciting project that deserves to
succeed outrageously.  I'm really proud to be part of it.


On 8/2/07, Nick Black <nickblack1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> According to:
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/Foundation/AGM07/Election_of_Officers
> there are six people up for election in the upcoming AGM, and only five
> places.
> I haven't heard anything so far about the policies of the people
> standing for election.  I'd like to know why I should vote for you?
> What will you do for the Foundation?  What will you do for OSM?  What
> are your policies towards, for example, licensing the data, the
> structure of the Foundation - what do you think the Foundation should
> do and what shouldn't it do.
> What do you think the problems are with OSM/OSMF that electing you
> will help solve?  How would you have dealt with any problems that you
> have seen over the last 12 months differently?
> --
> Nick Black
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