This was posted this week.
I think it is fair to say that it has upset people, myself included. OSM seems like it is doing fine. contributers are up, the servers are running well, ID is amazing, the state of the maps are cranking along, OSM is widely used, perhaps even essential, everything is all roses, full steam ahead….
When the World Needs a Map, Give them a Database
Ouch, that one hurts.
Then at the bottom …
The OpenStreetMap Foundation Culture
We need to think about our relationship with our commercial/non profit partner organizations. At a high level, we need each other and strong relationships should be a priority. However, inevitably there are situations where they are in conflict. For example, OSM’s refusal to offer paid services to support its considerable infrastructure needs seems like a clearcut example of our partner organizations wanting to OSM to keep off of their turf, weak, and dependent on them and their donations. Please, don’t blame Mapbox, this isn’t Mapbox’s fault, they are doing a great job, and I am delighted that they are so successful. But, it is hard for me to understand how MapBox can raise 164 million USD last year and the OSMF doesn’t have enough money for any full time system administrators or software engineers. The US OSM chapter, is in the same boat. They are going to be hiring a director next year (yes!!), but the plan is to have the role focused on SOTM, outreach, mapping parties, blogging, twitter, and other safe/non-core activities (bad!!).
If you care about this, please join the OSMF and vote. Also, the US OSM chapter is voting now.