Foundation/AGM2022/Election to Board

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OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF) members will vote to elect a new board at the Annual General Meeting in December.

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2022 Annual General Meeting and election to OpenStreetMap Foundation board - general information

Date and time of Annual General Meeting - voting closes

The next Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the OpenStreetMap Foundation will take place online on Saturday 10 December 2022, 16:00 UTC (countdown), unless rescheduled. This is also the time when voting for the board election will close (it will open exactly one week before the General Meeting).

- List of key dates at the bottom of this page.

Seats available

This meeting will have a board election, with three four seats available (of Eugene Alvin Villar, Jean-Marc Liotier and Tobias Knerr, whose board terms are ending. Additionally, Amanda McCann decided to step down so her seat will also be available. Amanda's 2022-10-15 statement on the OSMF members' mailing list). Meanwhile the terms of Amanda McCann, Guillaume Rischard, Mikel Maron and Roland Olbricht continue. There are seven seats on the foundation board.

What the board is/is not, rules and responsibilities

A lot of the foundation's work is done by the volunteers of our working groups, and if you want to help the foundation, you can also look at joining those.

Personal views

Additional OSM Foundation resources

Board candidates

Eligibility criteria for board candidates

Any person may be elected to become a board member, provided that:

  • They are normal OSMF members1 28 days before the General Meeting, and
  • they have been a normal member or associate2 member during the full 180 days3 before the General Meeting, and
  • are willing to act as a board member, and
  • are permitted by law to do so.

1 Normal members provide their full residential address and can vote on all issues. Their residential address may be disclosed to other members.
2 Associate members provide just their country of residence and can vote - but not on all issues. More information here.
3 180 days: OSMF membership start date before 13 June 2022, if the Annual General Meeting takes place on 10 December 2022, as scheduled.

Finding the type of your OSMF membership (normal/associate)

If you want to find out the type of your membership (Normal or Associate), please check the most recent approval/renewal membership email or email the volunteers of the Membership Working Group at membership@osmfoundation.org from the email address which is associated with your OSMF membership.

Associate members who want to become board candidates

You can change your OSMF membership from associate to normal membership by emailing the volunteers of the Membership Working Group at membership@osmfoundation.org

  • Send your email from the email address which is associated with your OSMF membership.
  • It is necessary to provide your residential address, which will be available to other OSMF members.
  • Please change your membership type before adding your self-nomination to the candidates' table below. If you decide to be a candidate at the last minute, you can still add yourself as an associate member, but you have to change your membership type immediately after the submission period of self-nominations closes. In this case please email both membership@osmfoundation.org and dorothea@osmfoundation.org Thank you.

Submission of self-nominations

Submission of self-nominations closed on 22 October ("end of", in UTC).

You can put yourself forward for the board election by and adding your information to the table. To edit this page you will need an OSM wiki account (create one here), which is different from your account on www.osm.org. If you need help, please email dorothea@osmfoundation.org with subject "2022 board election: self-nomination".

The ordering of the answers and manifestos will follow the order of candidate self-nominations.

List of board candidates

Name Nationality Country of residence OSM Foundation member since* (will be confirmed**) OSMuser links {{User|OSM_username}}
Daniela Waltersdorfer J. Peru(ana) USA 20 October 2021 (confirmed) System-users-3.svgDW2515 (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.)
Arnalie Vicario Filipina Philippines and USA 5 October 2018 (confirmed) User icon 3.svgarnalielsewhere (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.)
Włodzimierz Bartczak Polish Poland 1st May, 2020 (confirmed) User icon 2.svgCristoffs (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.)
Ariel Kadouri American USA 28th January 2018 (confirmed) System-users-3.svgakadouri (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.)
Victor N.Sunday * Nigerian Nigeria 16th June, 2018 (confirmed) User icon 2.svg vicksun (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.)
Christian Shadrack DRC DRC 12 September, 2020 (confirmed) System-users-3.svgchristian shadrack (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.)
Sarah Hoffmann German Germany 1 June, 2011 (confirmed) System-users-3.svglonvia (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.)
Logan McGovern American USA 24 November 2019 (confirmed) User icon 2.svgWarpathPeacock (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.)
Arun Ganesh Indian USA 18 September 2015 (confirmed) System-users-3.svgPlaneMad (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.)
Mateusz Konieczny Polish Poland 23rd May, 2020 (confirmed) System-users-3.svgMateusz Konieczny (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.)
Craig Allan South Africa South Africa & Kenya 19 Dec 2016 (confirmed) System-users-3.svgCRaIgalLAn (cRaIgalLAn on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.)
Official set of questions for the board candidates -- Community questions, upon which the official set was based
Answers to the official questions and manifestos

*Candidate's membership makes him not eligible for this election. Announcement on osmf-talk, which is the mailing list for OSM Foundation members.


** If you can't find the start date of your OSMF membership please email the Membership Working Group or dorothea@osmfoundation.org from the email address associated with your OSMF membership. Confirmation of normal membership and start date by the Membership Working Group or the OSMF Administrative Assistant. Please do not confirm yourself.

Answers to official questions and manifesto

See section "Questions to Candidates" for the process.

Candidates will be expected to send:

..to the facilitator and the administrative assistant before 2022-11-13 at 23:59 UTC. The official questions (based on community questions) will become available by the end of November 6th.

Formatting: Please sent your answers and manifesto as .txt files with Mediawiki formatting for links, lists, etc.

Manifesto (position statement): First time writing a manifesto? You can check manifestos of previous board candidates: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016.

Expected time needed to answer official questions: 9-11 hours (based on estimates provided by 2018 candidates).

Expected time needed to write a manifesto: Unknown (2021 candidates: feel free to add your estimates).

For OSMF members

Who has the right to vote

All normal members and associate members (including members who joined via the active contributor membership program) have the right to vote provided that:

  • they were a member or associate member throughout the period of 90 days4 prior to the date on which the meeting is held; and
  • their membership account was not in arrears 7 days prior to the date on which the general meeting is held

4 90 days = Start date of your current membership is before Sunday 11 September 2022 in UTC, if the Annual General Meeting takes place on 10 December 2022, as scheduled.

Active contributors: If you have an active contributor membership not based on mapping but on other contributions (had to be voted by the board) which ends between 1st of November to 11th of December 2022, make sure to renew it in time, as processing the renewal might take two weeks or more.

Voting process

The voting process will be similar to previous years.

Members of the OpenStreetMap Foundation who are eligible to vote will receive one or two emails from the online voting service after 2022-12-03 16:00 UTC:

  • one email for voting for the board election and on any normal/ordinary issues
  • (possibly) a second email to vote for any special issues suggested by members (special resolutions). Only normal OSMF members can vote on special resolutions.
  • The email(s) will have links to the online ballot for each ballot measure. The election will follow the single transferable vote rules (STV - more at the link below). Each foundation member will vote by ranking candidates according to their preference. A maximum of three candidates will be elected.

The page voting information and instructions has more details.

Voting on changes to the Articles of Association (AoA) or other changes

Resolutions proposed by the board

This year there are no resolutions proposed by the board.

Resolutions proposed by OSMF members (need support by at least 5% of members eligible to vote)

There are no resolutions proposed by the membership yet.

OSM Foundation members can submit resolutions and ask the membership to vote on them.

Please read: Companies Act 2006: Members' power to require circulation of written resolution and see the key dates below.

Questions to candidates

Community members could submit questions to the board candidates, upon which the official set of questions was based.
The submission period opened on 12 October 2022 and closed on 1 November ("by end of", in UTC). Questions were added to the talk page or could be sent to the osmf-talk mailing list (for OSMF members - archive of emails viewable by all here).

This year, as in previous years, we had a structured question gathering process.

  1. We invited members to post their questions to Talk:Foundation/AGM2022/Election_to_Board, from 2022-10-12 up to 2022-11-01 ("by end of", in UTC) (see the bottom of this page for other key dates).
  2. The facilitator, Michael Collinson, gathered the community questions, organised them and published an official set for the candidates at Talk:Foundation/AGM2022/Election_to_Board.
  3. Candidates then will submit their answers to the official questions and their manifestos directly to the facilitator and cc our administrative assistant. It will be up to the candidates to answer all the questions or just a few of them, but our suggestion is to answer all of them. Candidates are asked to sent their answers and manifestos in .txt files with Mediawiki formatting for links, lists, etc.
  4. All answers and manifestos will be compiled and published at once by the Administrative Assistant, Dorothea Kazazi.
  5. Discussion then will commence, until 2022-12-03 16:00 UTC when voting will open.

"We expect this to be the official election campaign process. We won't restrict members to continue to talk on our members' mailing list nor will we restrict candidates to continue discussions, but we don't encourage them to do so. The official answers and questions thereof should be what voters use to judge."

Facilitator: Michael Collinson was active 2006-2014ish as an OSMF board member, OSMF board secretary, SotM and chair of the OSMF Licensing Working Group. More recently, he acted as an election observer for Humanitarian OSM Team and OpenStreetMap United States Inc. (OSMF Local Chapter in the US). Active mapper from 2005 till now. (Source)

Community reviews/discussions

Links to related posts written by the community, combine with your own judgement.

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Key dates

- Online calendar Please check the description of each event for exact dates and times.

Dates/period Notes/activity
until 2022-10-11 [Board] Arrange facilitator for candidates' questions and answers (Done. It will be Michael Collinson).
2022-10-12 [Community/Members] Start of submission of questions to board candidates.
2022-10-15 [Candidates] Start of submission of self-nominations this OSM wiki page.
until 2022-10-19 [Community/Members] Discussion about any special/normal resolutions.
2022-10-20 [Board] Deadline for finalisation of any special/normal resolutions' text. There will be no resolution proposed by the board this year.
2022-10-22 23:59 UTC [Candidates] Deadline for members to put themselves forward for election by adding their information on the candidates' table of this OSM wiki page.
2022-10-26 [Members] Deadline for getting support for any member-suggested resolutions.
2022-10-27 [Board] Deadline for drafting official announcement mentioning any special/normal resolutions, suggested by either the board or members.
2022-11-01 23:59 UTC [Community/Members] Deadline for adding questions for the candidates to talk page or to the osmf-talk mailing list.
2022-11-03 00:01 UTC [Board] Soft deadline for official Annual General Meeting notice, including the text of resolutions (hard: Nov 10). The official notice will be sent to all members of the OpenStreetMap Foundation via email.
2022-11-06 23:59 UTC [Candidates] Official set of questions to candidates (based on community questions and questions from past years) to be published by facilitator. The board candidates will also be notified via email.
2022-11-13 23:59 UTC [Candidates] Deadline for candidates to send answers to the official questions and their manifestos to facilitator and cc the administrative assistant.
2022-11-18 Publication of candidates' 1) answers to the official set of questions and 2) their manifestos by the administrative assistant.
2022-11-19 to 2022-12-03 16:00 UTC [Community/Members] Discussion about candidates' answers and manifestos.
2022-12-03 16:00 UTC [Members] Voting opens for board election and any resolutions (exactly 1 week before AGM).
2022-12-10 16:00 UTC [Members] Deadline for voting. Start of Annual General Meeting on IRC (join via browser).
Activity Dates and times Duration
[Community/Members] Addition of questions by community/members to OSM wiki (of which, 9 days where the candidates' names will be known). 2022-10-12 to 2022-11-01, 23:59 UTC ~21 days
[Candidates] Submission of nominations on OSM wiki. 2022-10-15 to 2022-10-22, 23:59 UTC ~8 days
[Members] Get support for any member-suggested resolutions (wording already finalised) until 2022-10-26
Facilitator to complete compiling the set of official questions to candidates. 2022-11-02 to 2022-11-06 23:59 (UTC) ~05 days
[Candidates] Candidates to send answers to the official questions and their manifestos to facilitator and cc the administrative assistant. 2022-11-06 to 2022-11-13, 23:59 UTC ~08 days
Administrative assistant to complete compiling the candidates' answers and manifestos. 2022-11-14 to 2022-11-18 ~05 days
[Community/Members] Discussion about candidates' answers and manifestos. 2022-11-19 to 2022-12-03, 16:00 UTC ~14 days
[Members] Voting for board candidates and any resolutions. 2022-12-03 16:00 UTC to 2022-12-10 16:00 UTC 7 days

Additional information

At https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Annual_General_Meetings/2022

Detailed results of the election and any resolutions

Detailed results will be available on the OSMF website after the Annual General Meeting.