Local Chapters and Communities Working Group/Meeting minutes/2019-11-12
Meeting started at 18:04 UTC
- Clifford - US
- Eugene - PH
- Patrick - CH
- Joost - BE
- Maggie - US
- Rob - UK
- Ben - BE
- Stefano - IT
Approval of the 2019-10-09 meeting minutes
Previous action items
|Eugene||Send an email to the osmf-talk list about the re-launch of the WG and solicit members who want to join the WG||Deferred until ToR approved||2019-09 meeting|
|?||Publish WG ToR to the local-chapters list||Not yet||SotM 2019 LCC|
|All||Create a page at the OSM Wiki to provide a curated list of these projects/tools and to promote this as widely as possible||Page created, needs to be completed some more, and then promoted as widely as possible||2019-10 meeting|
|Joost||Seek ways to improve the Matrix bridge technical problems||Not yet done||2019-10 meeting|
|Eugene||Answer the emails from the Board regarding the WG creation||Done (2019-10-14)||2019-10 meeting|
Update on Board approval of the LCCWG as an official WG
- Joost: This question may be included in the Board's November meeting agenda.
- Question from Heather sent via email: “Would the local chapters working group be open to mentoring ‘local chapter’ elects - we have a few chapters in progress and want to assist them.” Some points and ideas brought up to address Heather's question:
- WG currently cannot do mentoring due to a lack of resources but could probably do it in the future once the WG has lots of experience. In the meantime, groups that are applying can certainly ask questions and seek advice on the email@example.com mailing list or the OSM-community-building Telegram/Riot/IRC channel.
- WG could also in the future proactively reach out to existing groups that haven’t formalized or applied to become chapters yet.
- WG could also in the future provide advice on the bylaws of groups who are applying to become chapters.
- A possible model that the WG could adopt in the future: the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) has an Affiliations Committee whose responsibility is to mentor affiliates, and also scrutinize applications and then recommend approval of those applications to the WMF's Board.
Discussion regarding WG focus items
Per the Terms of Reference, WG members should work on the focus items.
Building local community cohesion
- A page on the OSM Wiki was created to have a curated list of tools, apps, and projects to help local communities: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Building_local_communities
- What can the WG do to support the development of the tools for building communities (e.g., Brian’s “microcosms”).
- Rob: DevSeed (creator of OSM Teams) would welcome microcosms, but they are using OSM Teams now because it is already available.
Facilitating a global exchange of ideas
- No additional topics were discussed for this item.
Improving the Local Chapters affiliation scheme
- Discussion on possible user groups models.
- How do we handle organisations like HOT? Should they become a “local chapter” or otherwise be affiliated with OSMF especially since they are using “OpenStreetMap” in their name which would require a trademark agreement with the OSMF?
- As an example of what OSMF could do, the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) has three types of affiliate models: chapters, user groups, and thematic organizations. WMF currently has two thematic organizations: Amical Wikipedia (community of Catalan Wikimedians and overlaps with Wikimedia España, Wikimedia France, and Wikimedia Italia), and Wikimedia Medicine. HOT would definitely fit a “thematic organization” model should we choose to adopt such a model.
- Action item: Run a survey with existing chapters and chapters-to-be to get their views why they applied/will apply to become a chapter. Afterwards based on the results, we may consult with other WGs (mainly LWG) to ask regarding legal aspects of relationships of other orgs with the Foundation.
WG members running for the OSMF Board
Just an announcement: Clifford and Eugene have put themselves up as candidates for the 2019 OSMF Board election. Note that if Eugene is elected, the WG would need to appoint a new chair.
Next meeting will be sometime in December. A Doodle poll will be created to set the meeting date and time. Eugene will ask Rob to setup the next meeting (Doodle poll and invitation).
Post-meeting addition: December meeting did not push through and the next meeting would be held instead in January 2020.
Meeting ended at 19:03 UTC.