Working Group Minutes/EWG 2024-04-12

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Formal proceedings


  • Salim Baidoun
  • Andrew Hain
  • Adam Hoyle
  • Tobias Knerr
  • Robert Koeze
  • Mikel Maron (at iD)
  • Roland Olbricht
  • Emerson Rocha

Minutes of previous meeting

The minutes of the previous meeting have been accepted with 3 abstentions.

Meeting schedule

It is not yet clear whether the moved meeting time is convenient to everybody. It has been discussed whether 1330 UTC is an improvement but dismissed.

Document members' affiliations on WG page

We've started adding affiliations behind our names on the official list.

Lines might be empty if people have no CoIs. That this is quite a frequent constellation confuses even working group members. Robert volunteers to add a remark.

Microgrants (Future Projects)


Note that there are two distinct templates: the project proposal and the scoring template.

Roland volunteers to cross-check that against the Project Funding Framework.

Salim volunteers to write a FAQ.

Refactoring of OSM website notes (Ongoing Projects)

The pull request is ready for (the 2nd round of) feedback. Emerson volunteers to ping Andy Allan.

Vector Tiles (Ongoing Projects)

The spreadsheet for progress measuring is accessible to all EWG members.

Time spent so far:

  • Software design and development phase - 80.8%
  • Shortbread implementation - 121.4%
  • Shortbread beta testing and user feedback collection - 51.8%
  • Other - 11%

Total Days spent - 20.4 days

Adam has prepared a blog post draft and sent it to the CWG based on the demo. Paul has a plan how to continue (see documents).

GDPR (Future Projects)

The Engineering Working Group continues its discovery to prepare the GDPR work. The main source is the Wiki. The discussion of this shall be public and take place on GitHub.

Tobias has marked Geocoder, Directions and Export as not relevant according to our decision at the previous meeting and will also edit the document to reflect our outcome on the /user/:display_name call.

Next tasks:

Decide whether we want to have a SotM talk about this. Clarify remaining open issues in the document. Andrew volunteers to update the wiki accordingly.

Reach out to Legal Working Group (LWG): we will not need a item-by-item consultation of the LWG; just communicate our support for the document and plan to move forward with it. They shall confirm that they're happy with it. We can offer to join one of their calls if it helps. Andrew to draft a message and share it with EWG for feedback.

iD Development (Ongoing Projects)

Start of regular surfacing of work on iD. Mikel informed about feedback from the Personal Comittee regular checkins with Martin, contracted as iD maintainer. Looking for bigger projects, like rendering, or custom editing interfaces. ID still uses SVG for rendering the map. RapID did make a refactoring towards GL but it hasn't been contributed back. Meta supports already a full time developer for JOSM. The dditor inclusion policy is under revision by Operations Working Group.

Martin hosts regular community chats.

Any other business

Roland volunteers to answer the email of a Canadian company offering a data import. The company shall be brought in contact with the Canadian community.