[OSM-talk] OSMF Board & auto industry / What's the story?

ThomasB toba0211 at yahoo.de
Wed Aug 8 16:33:05 BST 2012


In the last board minutes [1] there was written "Report of meeting with
German auto industry in Ingolstadt". Additionally, there was a board member
in official mission at the Telematics 2011 [2]. Telematics describes itself
as "largest focused telematics event in Europe that will bring together
global car manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers to discuss future telematics
strategy and launch new products into the market". Automotive suppliers
have/had OSM related job offerings. One current offering from Audi's SatNav
supplier is for a student, topic "Converting OSM data and evaluation of a
database model" [3].  

Many board applications at the last election had statements like "If I will
be elected, I will improve the communication". If board members/the board
meet with the same for-profit organisations repeatedly I would think that
the community will be informed at least to avoid conspiracy theories. 
Some questions come into my mind and since I think this is of greater
interest, I am asking the questions here
1. How many meetings with the auto industry have been attended by board
members in the name of OSM?
2. What was the main subject?
3. Are there any non-disclosure agreements signed or was there any other
agreement that prevents the OSMF Board to talk about the content of the
meetings? (Learned that from the ESRI case) 

Thanks a lot in advance.


[2] http://www.telematicsupdate.com/munich/past-attendees.php

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