[OSM-talk] Proposal for Software Dispute Resolution Panel

Christoph Hormann osm at imagico.de
Tue Aug 4 19:30:04 UTC 2020

On Tuesday 04 August 2020, Dorothea Kazazi wrote:
> The OSMF board just published a proposal for a software
> dispute resolution panel:
> https://blog.openstreetmap.org/2020/08/04/proposal-for-software-dispu

I guess i am asking too much if i envision the board creating a panel it 
does not control itself...

For context - the DWG, which is the traditional and broadly respected 
entity to resolve conflicts in mapping, is not controlled in 
composition by the board, it decides on accepting new members 
themselves.  See also:


Significant parts of the authority the DWG has among mappers derive from 
the fact that it is not composed of political appointees.

Interesting also that the composition of the panel is supposed to 
reflect "all interests of the OSM community" but competence of the 
panel members on the subject, experience with and knowledge of mapping 
and tagging in OSM or in other words:  The competence to assess 
evidence on the cases they deal with and to deliberate on the matters 
in a qualified and knowledgable way, is not a criterion.  Neither is 
impartiality on prominent special interests like those of corporate 
data users.

Transparency is limited to the ultimate decisions being made public 
(indeed important, would be interesting how this would function 
otherwise).  I guess that means both the nominations and selection of 
panel members as well as the deliberation and consulting of the panel 
on cases is going to happen behind closed doors.

Christoph Hormann

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