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February 23rd, 2020 14:31

OSM Foundation Diversity Statement

Adam Hoyle (Director)
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The OpenStreetMap Foundation has recently[1] adopted a Diversity Statement[2].

As the UK local chapter we’d like to get feedback from our community that we can pass on to the Foundation.

If you are not in support then you can provide feedback here which we will pass to the Foundation or if you prefer you can communicate directly with the Diversity working group[3] or via the Diversity mailing list [4]

Here is the Diversity Statement:

The OpenStreetMap Foundation and the global OpenStreetMap community welcome and encourage participation by everyone. Our community is based on mutual respect, tolerance, and encouragement, and we are working to help each other live up to these principles. We want our community to be more diverse: whoever you are, and whatever your background, we welcome you.


[1] https://blog.openstreetmap.org/2020/02/08/openstreetmap-welcomes-diversity/

[2] https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Diversity_Statement

[3] https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Board_Committees/Diversity_and_Inclusion_Special_Committee

[4] https://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/diversity-talk

Adam Hoyle (Director)

Adam Hoyle (Director) started a poll February 23rd, 2020 14:33

Do you support the OSM Foundation's Diversity Statement Closed 6:02pm - Monday 2 Mar 2020

Outcome
by Adam Hoyle (Director) March 2nd, 2020 20:41

The result is a broad level of support, with a few good points raised. I will forward these points on to the OSM Foundation Board and the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. Thank you very much to all those who replied 🎉

9 - Do not support
1 - Ok but with proposed edits (please specify)
0 - Support as is
Adam Hoyle (Director)

Adam Hoyle (Director) February 23rd, 2020 14:34

Support as is

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Anonymous February 23rd, 2020 15:27

Support as is

I don't personally understand the problems yet and would love to find out, and increase the size and breadth of the community.

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Anonymous February 23rd, 2020 16:44

Support as is

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Anonymous February 23rd, 2020 17:02

Ok but with proposed edits (please specify)

I support this as it is, on the basis that any pro-diversity statement is better than none, but I think it's missing some important points. It says that OSM wants a more diverse community but not why! And it also fails to say clearly that diversity is good, and that discrimination is also bad.

I would suggest, for example, adding a new sentence between the second and third sentences like "We believe that the greater the diversity in our community, the better OpenStreetMap will be."

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Anonymous February 24th, 2020 11:41

Support as is

It's a sad comment on life today that this is even necessary. Also a policy statement is merely a set of fine words which will remain empty without an action plan and without an enforcement procedure. There are also some viewpoints which are not worthy of respect or tolerance; e.g there's none for fascists or racists

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Anonymous February 24th, 2020 16:28

Support as is

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Anonymous February 24th, 2020 21:14

Support as is

I also agree with the comment about adding a sentence explaining why.

Regarding the comment about not wanting certain viewpoints: see the difference between legal discrimination and illegal discrimination. The latter being race, gender, etc.

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Anonymous March 1st, 2020 17:02

Support as is

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Anonymous March 1st, 2020 22:28

Support as is

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Anonymous March 2nd, 2020 17:36

Support as is