[OSM-talk] [Osmf-talk] Board decision on Crimea complaint

Harry Wood mail at harrywood.co.uk
Tue Dec 11 13:04:34 UTC 2018

 Yeah it will be interesting to see what the board has to say about this in more detail. I think on the whole I'm glad the decision has gone this way. In my mind the case of Crimea has hung in the balance with very strong arguments in favour of both approaches.
I have great respect for the way DWG have handled things. Basically it seems they treated Crimea "with kid gloves" (as Stereo puts it) for a few years, and more recently tried to transition towards better alignment with our policies. So (as with other crap they have to deal with) it's a shame they've born the brunt of various attacks about this.
I would hope the board's decision is not, and should not be interpreted as, a rebuking of DWG, but rather it desire to work with DWG to reanalyse this and make adjustments to our policy to better match this kind of scenario. No need to be up-in-arms about anything here.
...but I'm putting words in other people's mouths. Let's wait and see what the board has to say (and yeah give them some time. We're all volunteers)
Harry Wood

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 "When in doubt, also consider the "on the ground rule": map the world as it can be observed by someone physically there."

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Am Mo., 10. Dez. 2018, 11:58 hat Martijn van Exel <m at rtijn.org> geschrieben:

Hi all,

On November 17, the OSMF Board of Directors received a request to review the Nov 14, 2018 Data Working Group decision regarding Crimea.

The Board decided that this decision is to be reversed and the previous situation, as laid out in the May 5, 2014 Data Working Group minutes, is to further remain in effect.

The board highly values the Data Working Group’s work and appreciates the difficulty and complexity of the cases they are asked to review on an ongoing basis.

A more comprehensive statement will follow in the next weeks.

Best regards,
Martijn van Exel
Secretary, OpenStreetMap Foundation
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