Working Group Minutes/EWG 2024-04-26

From OpenStreetMap Foundation

These minutes are a draft.

Formal proceedings


  • Adam Hoyle
  • Tobias Knerr
  • Andrew Hain
  • Emerson Rocha
  • Robert Koeze
  • Roland Olbricht
  • Mikel Maron (some parts)


  • Salim Baidoun

Minutes of previous meeting

The minutes of the last meeting have been approved.

Document members' affiliations on WG page

A clarification has been added to the list of members to make clear that most members have no relevant affiliations.

Refactoring of OSM website notes (Ongoing Projects)

Roland volunteers to politely ask Andy if the EWG can ease the review work for him with things like documenting various checks in advance. The reason for this is the stuck PR for the note refactoring.

Vector Tiles (Ongoing Projects)

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

GDPR (Future Projects)

... Public discussion 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 (Moved from previous meeting.)
  • Clarify remaining open issues in the document
    • Andrew to update the wiki accordingly
  • Reach out to 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 (-> 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)

Martin is aware of the NLNet funding chance. This would increase the budget for iD without increasing the Foundation's spending.

Guiding volunteers to funding (contribution see below) opportunities

Mikel has completed the post. The background is that various such funding sources are happy to accept OpenStreetMap related applications.

We strive to both make recurring posts about these opportunities to remind people as well as increasing visibility by having a central wiki page: if developers see both the opportunities and the success stories on one page it might encourage them to put forward applications.

Actual contribution opportunities

We've received an email by someone new to OSM looking for volunteer opportunities. This is a good occasion to reflect how to answer those requests routinely thus much more timely.

The EWG shall solicit the maintainers for information whether the actually are interested in contributions and in which form. That way the necessary information is then avilable on request of external people.

This shall be recurring to ensure the information stays up to date.

Microgrants (Future Projects)

Salim has created a scoring template. Suggestions derived from a comparison with the Project Funding Framework are noted there. Mikel has started a community consultation.

The already mentioned scoring template is different from the project proposal template.

The next stepis to set up operating rules for the scoring committee.

Status of Data Model Work (Future Projects)

The EWG decides to reconsider the wotk on the data model again in about half a year in September. The EWG is too busy to perform the work right now, and there are also no funds available to start handing out paid work.

Sovereign Tech Fund (STF) (Future Projects)

No news here.

Any other business

The EWG assigns the task to answer a pending incoming request from Apr 19th.

Next meeting

Next meeting is 2024-05-10, 13:00 UTC