[OSM-talk] OpenStreetMap Future Look

Clifford Snow clifford at snowandsnow.us
Tue Jan 8 03:47:41 GMT 2013


On Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 4:27 PM, Richard Weait <richard at weait.com> wrote:

> Nope.  It's just us.  All of us.  What do the Foundation (us) need to do
> to make you (us) feel like it is okay for you (us) to build this vision and
> act on it?  Join the OSMF.  Serve on a Working Group or two.  Lend the
> Foundation (us) more of your (us) energy and enthusiasm.
>
> The three great projects that you mentioned earlier, afaict, had no
> official participation from the Foundation.  Someone (us) or several
> someones (usses) just made them.
>

I am happy to work with and even join the OSMF. I even like the empowerment
that OSM gives to its contributors. But building a vision for an
organization with a million contributors and numerous stakeholders requires
a lot of thought and planning. Certainly more than we are ever going to
cover in these exchanges. It requires whoever takes on the task to get out
and meet with contributors and stakeholders to craft a vision.   Then to
make it a shared vision means communicating that vision with all of us.
 For an organization made up of volunteers a vision is not a slogan, it is
a view of what OSM will look like in the future.

-- 
Clifford

OpenStreetMap: Maps with a human touch
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