Board/Minutes/2021-02-S2S/Discuss Membership prerequisites - steps towards Annual General Meeting resolution

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Discuss Membership prerequisites, steps towards Annual General Meeting (AGM) resolution

Notes by participants. Might be enriched.

This session took place in parallel with "Discuss rebooting the Engineering Working Group". A summary was provided to the other group.



Board members

  • Guillaume Rischard
  • Mikel Maron
  • Rory McCann
  • Tobias Knerr

The rest of the board members participated in the parallel session.



This resolution passed with 79% during the 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM):

"The board of directors shall, together with the OSMF Membership Working Group, work on a set of proposals to ensure that all successful applicants for membership or associate membership in the OpenStreetMap Foundation have made a reasonable amount of contributions to OpenStreetMap. The specific form of the contributions (e.g. mapping vs. non-mapping) does not make a difference for the fulfillment of these prerequisites. The board shall submit these proposals as possible resolutions at a general meeting in 2021."

Please note that the MWG-proposed framework for the Active contributor membership program was approved on 2020-06-01. The program was made possible by a vote during the 2019 AGM.

Collaborative notes

Rory thinks that the HOT model (of members choosing each other) is more robust & less hackable than other models, but is not necessarily suggesting adopting this model.

Tobias: is it a matter of asking the Membership Working Group (MWG) to come up with the details?

Action item: delegate to MWG?

Mikel: risk of discouraging people from joining

  • Number
  • What happens when you don't meet the number
  • Messaging

Who is membership for?

Do we have any non-negotiables for OSMF membership?

Using something similar to Active contributor membership (ACM) program would allow synergy with the work for requirements checking that we've agreed on a budget for.


Delegate to MWG

Ask MWG:
Should the board give guidance to this Working Group (WG)?
Messaging, and communication, to the OSM community, is very important, and a multiyear process.

  • Should the board be explicit with other types of contributions aside from map edits?
    • Motivation: Currently we list edit counts, explicitly listing other types of contributions ensures this is communicated well.
    • Wiki edit counts?
    • Give talk at an OSM event with X+ attendees.
  • Requirements need not be same as Active contributor membership program.
    • both numerically measurable and assessed by decision.
  • is needs consultation across community. Can MWG run this?
    • consultation should happen with a proposal (or some other new input), not immediately.
  • People who are doing paid work on OSM should be able to become members.

- Come up with suggested criteria for skin in the game based membership
- Don't discourage the people we want as members

Action item

  • Guillaume to take it to MWG.