[OSM-talk] advertising

Martijn van Oosterhout kleptog at gmail.com
Mon Jul 2 14:06:07 BST 2007

On 7/2/07, Christoph Eckert <ce at christeck.de> wrote:
> * openstreetmap.org gets handed to any other individual of the project
> who acts as a confidant elected by the project members by popular vote.
> OSMF gets its own domain name.

This is silly. For long term sustainability the domain (and anything
else needed by the project) has to be "owned" by a legal entity that
is not a person. Consider the "owner gets hit by a bus" scenario.
Until the will is executed, no-one can do anything to the domain (or
equipment). At which point it gets inherited by someone who quite
possibly has nothing to do with the project.

Having it owned by a legal construct is much safer. Note this is
completely different from "controlling". That's why there are boards
and membership. It's all legal construction, but it's *safer*.

People can die, legal constructions can live forever...

> * openstreetmap.org gets handed to OSMF. Physically, it gets shared
> between the project and OSMF. The main page provides two links to both
> the projects main page as well as the OSMF main page, both hosted under
> the same hood.

I honestly don't see why OSMF needs a website at all, but if it does
it would probably be good to have a seperate one (run by the same
servers, ofcourse :) ). btw, Openstreetmap.nl was registered directly
by Vrijschrift.

Have a nice day,
Martijn van Oosterhout <kleptog at gmail.com> http://svana.org/kleptog/

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