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Previous minutes

Circular Resolutions


2020/Res65 That the Board request that the OWG block tile access to a certain site

The OSMF Board requests that the Operations Working Group block tile access to the website, and keep it blocked until further notice.

Voting closes on 2020-12-05.

2020/Res66 Approve active contributor membership application 2020112810000184

The Board currently decides on active contributor membership applications based on non-mapping contributions on a case-by-case basis.

Voting closes on 2020-12-06.

2020/Res67 Authorize the OWG to sign with the commercial CDN

The board authorizes the OWG to sign with Fastly for the tile CDN*, including the standard contractual clauses.

Voting closes on 2020-12-07.

* Content Delivery Network

Previous action items

See Board/Action_Items.

Action items updates

Treasurer's report

Attribution Guidelines

The Licensing Working Group had created a draft attribution guideline , which was subsequently modified by the board. After meetings of the board with Corporate Member representatives on attribution (Jun and Oct 2020) and with LWG members (Oct 2020), the board version was modified. There was subsequently a Board and LWG meeting in October 2020, leading to further modifications to the board's draft.

Attribution related meetings, excluding recurring board and LWG meetings

Attribution related board minutes:

Attribution guidance related LWG minutes:

OSMF members related discussions:

  • Attribution guideline status update: 2019 Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
  • Attribution: board letter to Facebook: 2019 Oct, Nov

Conflict of interest policy for Working Groups

Related to takeover protections.

Paul's draft:

The board on 2020-05 adopted the following Conflict of Interest Policy and decided to consult the Working Groups (WGs) if there should be a Conflict of Interest policy for WGs and committees and what changes have to be made to the board CoI policy to make it applicable to these groups.

Past board discussions related to CoI:

Suggested by Tobias.

Brexit update

Background by Simon Poole (past LWG chair):

As a friendly reminder, the Brexit transition period will end at the end of this year and as you may remember, the question of maintaining sui generis database rights in our data is still open.

It is clear, see, that any newly created databases post 31st December will no longer be afforded sui generis DB rights in the EU. It would seem that the only way around this is to either move the OSMF completely to the EU or create an EU-based subsidiary that will publish in the EU (this potentially creates issues with the contributor terms, but I don't see them ruling such a solution out).

The above is based on the assumption that we are (fsvo) continuously creating new databases that restart the 15 year protection period (if that is not the case then the problem will not be fixable in any case). How often that is the case (as in we have modified the database so substantially that it is considered new) is I suspect a matter of debate, but it is very unlikely to be at the minutely diff level, so we probably have some leeway wrt the December 31st deadline.

Related board discussions

Suggested by Tobias.

Software Dispute Resolution Panel

Board's proposal for a software dispute resolution panel.

Suggested by Allan.

Advisory Board - monthly update

The Advisory Board members are separate from the OSMF board of directors - individuals are either nominated by Corporate Members of the OSMF or invited directly by the OSMF board of directors. The OSMF Board of Directors will publicly minute, in the board meeting minutes, any communication sent to, or received from, the AB members. This monthly section is reserved for this purpose.

Overview of board communications with representatives on the Advisory Board.
(single page displaying all the monthly updates that are linked below)
2020 Jan, Feb, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
2019 Jan, Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct
2018 Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec
2017 Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May (F2F), Oct


Monthly Local Chapter presentation

About this section: New idea: Invite a LC to speak at each OSMF Board meeting.

Arranged by Rory.

Any other business

Guest comments or questions

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New recurring date and time pending.

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