OpenStreetMap Foundation General Meeting Analysis

The December 2014 general meeting was held on IRC over the weekend, and appeared to run smoothly. Thanks go to Paul Norman as the election manager and Kate Chapman as the meeting chair. Quorum was reached, with some room to spare, and there appeared to be several observers in attendance as well.

The official notice of the election results will appear on the OpenStreetMap Foundation web site. I'm using numbers from a draft version, so any errors or oversights are entirely my fault. Read more about OpenStreetMap Foundation General Meeting Analysis

On-ramp to successful communities

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OpenStreetMap is a community of many successful communities. The community and communities are a core strength of OpenStreetMap and so building a successful community is never complete. Jono Bacon breaks refines a method of community improvement to four simple steps in one elegant image.Jono's tweet Jono's on-ramp image makes for delightful application to the OpenStreetMap context.

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Reinvigorating Working Groups

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Are you an OpenStreetMap contributor with a yearning to do more for the OpenStreetMap project? Consider participating in an OpenStreetMap Foundation Working Group. Working Groups were established to implement the wishes of the larger OpenStreetMap community particularly where individual mappers are less effective.

Working Groups execute tasks on behalf of the greater OpenSteetmap community and tend to operate along thematic boundaries. Read more about Reinvigorating Working Groups

Term limits

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I've made a spreadsheet that implements the special resolutions as I understand them. Have a look if you would like to play with the term limits and the history of the board*. Set a "date of interest" in cell B2. Or fill that cell with =NOW() to have it up to date each day. :-) The final column should tell you if a particular board member is term limited as of the date of interest. The spreadsheet is in Open Document Format

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Board election data 2014

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This post includes the raw output from the online voting service used for the OSMF 2014 AGM voting matters. Also included is an html-ified transcription with pretty bar graphs from the original pdf. Find the orignals below.

As noted elsewhere, a typo propagated into the election and so the records show a candidate Paul Normal who we know as candidate Paul Norman. I have left those typos in place.

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OSMF Stat blast 2

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This is the second in a series of articles looking at STV data from the OpenStreetMap Foundation Annual General Meeting ballot measures. In this article I look at vote rank and the number of votes per ballot and how that relates to different candidates.

Candidate ranks on ballots

Let's take a look at the rank of candidates listed on the ballots.

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OSMF Stat blast 1

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Let's look at how Single Transferrable Vote works in practice. What do the numbers from the recent OSMF AGM votes say?

Voter engagement

How many eligible voters participated in the vote?

About as many Members and Associate Members participated, or about one hundred of each group. Only Members were permitted to vote on the Special Resolutions (SR1 - SR3). The Special Resolutions required 75% agreement to carry, and they did so. Read more about OSMF Stat blast 1

LearnSTV

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The OpenStreetMap Foundation election to the Board is coming up soon, or so I hear. And will use Single Transferrable Vote (STV) for the first time. I'm not familliar with STV, not having lived in an STV jusrisdiction, and wanted to see what the proceess looked like. Dermot found some tools for use by the Board, and now I've made a tool to create example election results. Read more about LearnSTV

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