Now is the time - OSM and OSMF Moderation Guidance - your input requested

Posted by Heather Leson on 25 July 2021 in English (English). Last updated on 26 July 2021.

Over 6 months ago, OpenStreetMap (OSM) and OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF) members, community supporters, organizations, and allies called for change in how OSM and OSMF conduct themselves.

We asked:

“The OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF) and OpenStreetMap (OSM) need to prioritize diversity and inclusion in positions of power and governance. We recommend a renewal and implementation of an OSM Code of Conduct and deliver on the next recommended stages for a diverse and inclusive OSM and OSMF. We want the OSMF to ask itself: who does it exist to serve? How can we be more open?”

Resource: A Call to Take Action and Confront Systemic Offensive Behaviour in the OSM Community »>The original document»>

The Result:

The OSMF board asked the Local Chapters and Community Working Group (LCCWG) to form a subcommittee on “Moderation”. This group has been meeting and coordinating since January 2021 (lead by Maggie Cawley, OSM US).

“In December 2020, the OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF) Board set out to “find partners to help instate a moderator team for the OSMF-talk and talk mailing lists” and in their December 2020 meeting requested that the LCCWG take the lead on this initiative. Subsequently, this group has been formed as a subcommittee of LCCWG. The Moderation Subcommittee is a temporary group of OSM community members working on this Scope of Work via this Implementation Plan. Learn more about participants and find links to any draft documents on the Subcommittee’s page. “

The Ask - Give feedback by August 18, 2021:

The LCCWG Moderation Subcommittee solicits community input on its DRAFT Process for Moderation, which would apply to the osm- and osmf-talk mailing lists. Hosted in the OSM wiki, the Discussion page is open for comments until August 18, 2021.

We know that many OSM users/supporters and OSMF members, do not use the mailing lists (for many reasons). Thus, we ask for your help - please share in your OSM and OSMF networks, including any other mailing lists, telegram channels, slack channels, facebook and/or other spaces. While this moderation work is currently for OSM-talk and OSMF-Talk mailing lists, we can only hope that the culture and community we all aim for can be more safe, healthy, and inclusive.

If you do not feel comfortable giving feedback on the OSM wiki (you can post ‘anonymously’ on the discussion page), I am happy to help.

Thank you in advance and hats off to my fellow LCCWG Sub-Committte on Moderation allies. You are my teachers,


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Comment from Kilkenni on 27 July 2021 at 11:59

Thanks for the notice, Heather! I took it upon myself to gather feedback from the Ukrainian community and add it to the wiki.

Comment from Heather Leson on 28 July 2021 at 07:45

Wonderful, @kilkenni - It is great to have communities collaborate on this.

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