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Minutes for the OSMF Board Meeting
Location: Mumble, 9 February 2016 19:00 UTC


Board members

  • Peter Barth
  • Kate Chapman
  • Martijn van Exel
  • Mikel Maron
  • Paul Norman
  • Frederik Ramm


Not Present

  • Ilya Zverev


Previous minutes



Circular Resolutions

2016/02: Buy domain

Accepted 2016-01-15 with ultimately 6 votes in favour.

The domain is for sale from a domain vendor for USD 288. Grant suggested to me on IRC that he thought this is a bargain and that we should get it for State of the Map, if only to ensure that nobody puts something else there. Normally this is something that OWG could decide for themselves but since no budget has been set up yet, they preferred to ask.

2016/03: Grant £5k early budget to LWG

Accepted 2016-01-18 with ultimately 5 votes in favour.

I propose that we give LWG the green light to spend up to £5k on the things that are of immediate concern (or at least set in motion the ordering of services that will lead to that spending) , and tell them that the full budget has yet to be set.

2016/04: Redact name of PeterDRS from publications

Accepted 2016-01-29 with ultimately 7 votes in favour.

The person using the PeterDRS nickname has affirmed that he wants stop participating in OSM, and has requested that his real name be removed from OSMF publications.

Under the assumption that the person, whose real name is known to OSMF, will in the future refrain from

(a) making edits in OSM

(b) writing OSM notes, comments, mailing list or forum entries (including anonymous or pseudonymous ones) or using other forms of communication provided by the project

(c) contacting OSM project members to comment on their work in OSM, intimidate them, or threaten or initiate legal proceedings against them about in OSM,

(d) attending meetings of OSM project members,

(e) claiming to be an OSM member when communicating with other parties

OSM Foundation will, as a gesture of goodwill and without acknowledging any legal obligation, remove the real name of this person from its online publications (Wiki, Forum) and recommend that third parties not directly under the control of OSMF (i.e. the Dresden mailing list) do the same.

The name will be replaced by the alias “PeterDRS”, and a note will be applied explaining that the real name has been removed because the user in question has permanently left the project

2016/05: In-person board meeting

Rejected 2016-01-29 with ultimately 3 votes in favour, 3 votes against, and 1 abstention.

Let’s see where we stand on doing this, and then decide the when and where if appropriate.

Administrative reminder of circular resolutions

Circular resolutions should be self-contained so that it’s clear when reading the minutes what was being voted on. This allows us to tell what the circular was about when reading about it later, and members to tell what was voted on.

Previous action items

2015-06-15: Martijn to follow up on status of sending email to those who signed up at SOTM US (Done)
2015-08-22: Frederik to resend admin assistant docs to board (Done)
2015-12-12: Kate to start page on board wiki on what we would like to accomplish at a potential F2F (Done)
2015-12-12: Peter to write a blog article related to new board stuff (Done)
2015-12-12: Martijn to organize trial experiment with Github (Done)
2016-01-08: Paul to forward some disused email addresses to board@ (Done)
2016-01-08: Paul to take on setting up membership WG
2016-01-08: Frederik to ask all WGs for budgets (Done)
2016-01-08: Frederik to ask Simon for details on immediate LWG budget needs (Done)
2016-01-08: Paul to ask all WGs to make sure their work plans are up to date (Done)


Conclusion: Let’s continue the experiment but only use it for tracking issues and keep discussions on the mailing list. Additionally the board email address will be added to Github.

Swiss local chapter

Swiss OpenStreetMap Association has applied to become a local chapter.

Info at

This is not a sub-group of a larger organization, and the form of incorporation does not have a direct UK equivalent.

Both the OSMF member and Swiss community consultation attracted some support and no negative comments, but no major feedback.

Discussion if there’s more time needed to read the documents. It was not clear to everyone that the board would vote today, so moved to a circular next week.

Paul to start circular resolution.

Corporate membership program

Draft will be moved on the foundation wiki and membership will be informed and asked for feedback

2016 budget

Budget is not finished yet.

Biggest expense is OWG, who hasn’t spent all the money from the donation drive.

LWG is above last year.

In past years SOTM WG entered budget as a net of zero, with OSMF guaranteeing any losses

Frederik to draw up simplistic 2016 budget

we need to plan 2017 in advance.

Frederik to respond to OSMF-talk question

Collective DB guideline feedback

LWG has asked the board for preliminary feedback on the proposed collective DB guideline. They are not asking for approval yet.

The following wording was suggested:

Board thanks LWG for sharing their draft of the collective DB database and sees no issues that would preclude board from approving it further down the line. It might be useful to balance out the example section by adding an example that illustrates an use case where there's clearly no collective database.

Martijn to send feedback to LWG.


Discussion about the need of a F2F meeting. Agreement that we need a good agenda on what to achieve. But it does not make sense to fully plan the F2F before even deciding on if we have the meeting. So there needs to be a middle course. Discussion about the need for a facilitator.

Vote if we should have a F2F: 4 yes, 3 abstentions.

Discussion regarding possible locations.

Paul to set up doodle for possible dates

Next meeting

Meeting End