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State of the Map (SotM) is an annual conference hosted by the OpenStreetMap Foundation. Previous conferences have taken place in the UK, Japan, USA, Spain and so on (see 1). Note that there are also SotM-{} conferences organised by local teams (e.g. SotM-US) but these are not affiliated with the OSM Foundation.

My question is how does the Foundation decide where to host the next conference?

1] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/State_of_the_Map

asked 26 Oct '14, 12:58

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There is a "Call for Venues" each year. Currently the call for venues for SotM 2015 is open. Anyone can submit their proposal at http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/State_Of_The_Map_2015/Call_for_venues

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answered 26 Oct '14, 13:00

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You could have added the answer you've found to your own question. But it just wouldn’t be a question anymore would it :)

(26 Oct '14, 14:17) Hendrikklaas

There seem to be three proposals currently. Who will decide which of these proposals get chosen? Will there be a vote, and if so, who is eligible to vote? If there is no vote, then which people have the power to make the decision and how is it made?

(03 Nov '14, 21:39) Frederik Ramm ♦

Hi Fred,

So one of the three has now been accepted for SotM US and is now out of the running (details available through the wiki history provide comparison between the OSMF and OSM US events).

As for the other two, the way I see it working is that the SotM working group provide a recommendation to the board via Henk (who is both a SotM WG and board member) and the board has final say as it bears the financial risk. In my view the board should be accepting the SotM WG's view with minimal intervention at board level because (i) all board members can get involved in SotM WG discussions, and (ii) the SotM WG should present a full and compelling case to the board. The board should however hold the WG accountable and ask all the right questions.


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