OSMF overview 201812
- Providing background information to some of the topics related to Working Groups and some discussed during Board meetings in 2018.
- Incomplete list.
|Completed - New data center|
|Some of our servers have moved to a new home, Equinix Amsterdam, as Imperial College in London wanted to reclaim some space for offices. We’d like to thank Imperial for our time together and the Operation Working group volunteers for all the hard work going into managing these server moves!
We continue to be thankful to University College London, and Bytemark who are still generously providing hosting for some other keys servers, not to mention our many Tile Cache hosts around the world. Read the blogpost: Server moves: Goodbye Imperial. Hello Equinix Amsterdam.
|Completed - Moderation queue|
|A long-requested solution for the spam and abusive content in diaries, the map, user notes and other services. From the website user's perspective, this is basically a "Report" button next to everything. The goal is to offer moderators a queue of reports from every service on the OSM website, allowing them to ignore or act on a report.|
|Launched - Membership fee waiver program|
|The Membership Working Group (MWG) is working on the implementation of a membership fee waiver program. It is based on the board resolution and the subsequent vote at the 2014 Annual General Meeting. People are able to apply through the fee waiver program for an associate membership, if paying the fee constitutes an unreasonable burden to the member because of lack of a suitable money transfer facility. The MWG is working on finalising and publishing the procedure for financial hardship situations - currently the board is responsible for accepting any related applications.
|Launched - Welcome mat for organisations|
|The Welcome Mat is a guide to organisations and corporations that want to be involved with OpenStreetMap. It has information to familiarise themselves with the project, the community and especially to learn our expectations and their responsibilities.
|Approved - Organised editing guidelines (former directed editing policy)|
|There is an increased interest on OSM from corporations who have employees that edit in their daytime. This might create communication problems between paid and volunteer mappers, or even an imbalance of power. Out of this situation the question arises on how to regulate this to ensure fair play. The DWG has developed a set of organised editing guidelines, after integrating a lot of feedback from the advisory board members, the humanitarian mapping initiatives and the mapping community. These have been approved by the Board on 2018-11-15.
These terms cover the use of services officially operated and provided by the OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF). In particular these are
By using these Services, people agree to be bound by the following Terms of Service, as updated from time to time (collectively, the "Terms"). If someone does not agree to these Terms, they may not use the Services.
|Revised - OSMF Trademark policy|
|The OpenStreetMap Foundation has updated its Trademark Policy, as per January 1st 2018. The revised policy is the work of the OSMF volunteer Licensing Working Group.|
|Approved - Non-Disclosure Agreement|
|The NDA, proposed by theLicensing Working Group (LWG) for working group members, has been approved on 2018-09-20 by the Board as the recommended NDA to use in all aspects in the OSMF, if an NDA has to be used.|
|Approved - OpenRailwayMap licence application|
|Alexander Matheisen's (OpenRailwayMap) licence application under our domain grandfathering scheme was approved by the Board on 2018-06-21. |
|Approved - Belgium Local Chapter|
|OpenStreetMap Belgium has become the newest Local Chapter of the OpenStreetMap Foundation! Introducing them, in their own words.
If you or your organisation are interested in the becoming a Local Chapter please see the FAQ, the documents needed for application and the template agreement. You can contact the Secretary, at email@example.com and there is also the Local Chapters mailing list, which is dedicated to the discussion of topics and issues of interest to the Local Chapters of the OpenStreetMap Foundation, as well as those groups interested in becoming a Local Chapter.
|Started - OSMF regular reporting|
|OSMF updates - Highlighting updates related to the Foundation - mostly news from the volunteer Working Groups, the Board of Directors, the Advisory Board members and some project news. Frequency: ~ every 3 months.|
|Started - Providing deleted users list|
|We now publish a daily export of deleted OSM user IDs (mostly spammers).|
|Revised - Board Rules of Order|
|The Board Rules of Order have been updated. Voting was done in two parts (1, 2).
Additions/modifications are in blue
Section: 2. Board Duties
Section: 6. Board Meetings
Section: 7. Circular Resolutions
|Completed - State of the Map 2018 conference|
|State of the Map 2018 conference in Milan, Italy.|
Most presentations and some lightning talks were recorded. Breakout sessions also took place outside of the pre-arranged program (not recorded).
|Completed - Google Summer of Code 2018|
Student projects that have been accepted to take part in the year 2018 Google Summer of Code:
More information (Names of students and mentors, proposals, documentation).
First map tile caching server in Africa
|Large bitcoin donations|
On January 2018 we received a large donation of 18 Bitcoins - then worth over €200,000 - from the Pineapple Fund! We also received over 2.3 BTCs - worth €30,000 (£27,000) - from another anonymous donor. Read more here. All Bitcoins (except 3) have been since cashed-out.
|Top Ten tasks updated|
|The list of the Top Ten Tasks, that the Engineering Working Group would really like your development help on, has been updated.|
|RSS button added to blog.openstreetmap.org|
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|New mailing list: OSM Science|
|Subscribe or view archive. Focus:
|Official social account on Mastodon|
|We now have an official account on a Mastodon server focused on all things OSM (in English - there is also fr.osm.social for francophone OSMers). Read the blogpost and follow us!|
|New OSMF registered address|
|The OSM Foundation has a new address:
OpenStreetMap Foundation St John’s Innovation Centre Cowley Road Cambridge CB4 0WS
Thanks to our long-time board member, Andy Robinson, whose address we have used since the OSMF was founded!
Ongoing or discussed in 2018 - board mainly
|Providing microgrants was a topic discussed extensively during the Face-to-Face board meeting in April, where a plan was developed. You might know similar programs from e.g. OSM-US, HOT or FOSSGIS. As a start and as a first trial we want to make a time-bound program where you can apply for microgrants until a specific date. A consultation document was shared with the membership and the Advisory Board members, which contains an outline and top questions. There were also two microgrant-related sessions at the State of the Map 2018 conference (read some discussion points and questions).|
|The OSMF Free and Open Source Software Policy requires us to re-evaluate the use of hosted or closed-source software every two years with a view to changing to a FOSS solution if practical. The policy was devised to guide, but not mandate, software choices for work within the OpenStreetMap Foundation Board, Working Groups, and other OSMF bodies. Here are some examples of software choices made by the Board:
|Risk response plan|
|Discussion about developing a toolkit/plan to help the working groups and the board to handle situations where things could go wrong (vandalism/technical/financial/other).|
|Start developing guidance for our involvement in politics/activism|
|Start developing guidance for our involvement in politics/activism: We have already taken a stand regarding the EU's proposed revision of its copyright directive, by signing as the OSMF the https://savecodeshare.eu petition. The board also had a more general discussion about our involvement in politics/activism.|
|OSMF-owned engine for social surveys|
|An OSMF-owned engine for social surveys has been proposed in the recent past (1, 2). This topic was raised again as the SotM Working Group wanted to run a community survey about the SotM 2018 program.
Some survey tool suggestions:
Related board discussion: 2018 Mar
- Community Volunteer Drive
Ongoing - Working Groups
|Operations Working Group, Join|
|Data Working Group, Join|
|Licensing Working Group, Join|
|Membership Working Group, Join|
|State of the Map Working Group, Join|
|Engineering Working Group, Join|
|Communication Working Group, Join|
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