Board/Minutes/2020-03-F2F/Sustaining and fortifying OSM

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Draft notes.

Each board member was initially asked to list their two most urgent operational and infrastructure needs.

Discussion was then on the following:

Tile services/servers

iD

Supporting sysadmins

What is the situation

What do we need to discuss

Disposition on paid staffing

  • Paid staffing comes with risk, where does money come from?
  • Companies are willing to invest substantial amounts.
  • Concern of big donors expecting to have substantial control.
  • In terms of influence, we need to discuss and we need to tap and learn from other FLOSS communities.
  • Pursue diversified strategy, pursue other sources of money.
  • Concern about moving on this before talking to sysadmins.
  • Need a structured sense of OSM in 2-5 years from now.
  • Not just sysadmins, also seeing strain on finance side, banking, might have to move Foundation to another country, it’s a lot of work, conversation should be broader.

Action item: Scope out possible scenarios for possible paid staff, including risks.

Personnel committee

  • Structured way of working with Dorothea.
  • Concern about confidentiality /HR issues.

Action item: Scoping out boundaries on committee, safety measures, how to mitigate effects on volunteers, e.g. de-motivation.

Who to take the above action items forward: Allan, Mikel (action owner), Joost, Tobias

Scope out fundraising structure

  • Committee? Working Group?
  • Need to figure out to manage and spend money.
  • Need to do research on strategies for increasing revenue.

Action item: Guillaume and Allan to move forward on proposal.