In preparation for the 2015 OSMF board election I am gathering basic info and question responses by candidate, to help people be better informed about their choices.
I've added annotations in italics where I felt they would be useful.
I have contributed to the Communication Working Group.
Beyond edits, my main contributions are: * Talks about OSM in conferences in Brazil. See on [https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/wille/diary my diary]. * Organize local meetings. See on [https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/wille/diary my diary]. * I am one of the managers of [http://twitter.com/openstreetmapbr @OpenStreetMapBR] twitter account and I have done some efforts to put OSM on the media in Brazil. * I am developing a software to detect harmful changesets, it's divided in two parts: [https://github.com/willemarcel/osmcha osmcha] (python library) and [https://github.com/willemarcel/osmcha-django osmcha-django] (web interface). In the next weeks I'll commit some features and officially release it. * Contributed to translation of some softwares, like iD editor. * I've done some more contributions to OSM related software, see on my [https://github.com/willemarcel/ github]
I am a GIS and web developer. Sometimes I use data or tiles of OSM on my work, but it is not the main part of my work.
I don't see risk of conflicts of interest with my job.
I think OSMF must not control OSM, but it must do all the possible to make OSM bigger. I think my main priorities will be to support local communities in places like Latin America, Africa and Asia, where we don't have a community as big as in Europe or United States.
Has not responded.
I try to read the user diaries in English, Spanish and Portuguese periodically. I participate of OSMF-Talk mailing list, as well as the Brazilian and Latin American lists and telegram groups.
I think we can do simple things to give more visibility to the Foundation, like put a campaign on the homepage to increase the number of members, give more support to local communities and events. I believe we will achieve more involvement between the community and the Foundation only when the Foundation wish to be more present on the life of the project.
One of the reasons I am running for OSMF is to put a vision from Latin America on the board. I participate both in the Brazilian and Latin American communities. I believe OSMF should give more support to local communities in regions like Asia, Africa and Latin America. I also think we should seek resources to have more participants on the FOSS Outreach Program and start a program more focused on teach mapping skills to women and other underrepresented groups.
I am in favor of paid work on the Foundation.
I think it's essential to have diversity on the board, but I don't see as crucial to have a term limit, since the members choose the board by voting.
I don't have nothing against open vote reporting and I believe transparency is an essential value.
I have notified some organizations that used OSM without give attribution. In most part of the cases, it was unintentional and solved easily.
I think imports must be discussed in each local community and the data to be imported needs to have great quality. Remote mapping can be useful in some occasions, but what we need is people all over the world to map what can not be seen in satellite imagery.
It's natural that there are companies mapping and, until now, we don't have many incidents, so I also think we needn't worry about this now.