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The OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF) is a registered not-for-profit company (company limited by guarantee) which supports the OpenStreetMap project (for further information see "About" page at The company is registered in the United Kingdom according to the law of England and Wales (Scotland and Northern Ireland have distinct company laws). Other dfficial information is available from the Foundation's website

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The Foundation was established to:

  • To be a custodian for the servers and services necessary to host the OpenStreetMap project. Specifically the foundation is the custodian of the servers located at UCL and the domain name.
  • To afford some degree of protection from copyright and liability suits.
  • To provide a vehicle for fundraising to support the project.

2016 AGM and election to board

The 2016 Annual General Meeting took place on Saturday, 10th December 2016. You can read official details of the AGM on the OSMF site with links to the meeting minutes and transcript.

Details of the election to the board

Ordinarily the AGM marks the close of the election, however this year voting is still open until Dec 14th. All voting takes place electronically.


Anyone can join the Foundation through the foundation website for £15. A members email-list is available to members to communicate with other members (anyone can read the discussion). Discounts for some OSMF organised events such as the annual State of the Map conference) are offered. Members can stand for election at the AGM each year and can vote for the board and other ballots. Attendance at the AGM is not required for voting. Since 2014 voting is via on-line voting service with email invitation for all members. Prior to 2014 voting was by paper ballot in person at the AGM, or email by proxy. Join

You do not have to be a member in order to use or contribute to OpenStreetMap.

Working Groups

Many of the activities of the foundation are carried out by working groups. The following working groups are currently active:-

Communication Working Group

  • Support and maintain the OSM Foundation website
  • Support and maintain communication tools between OSM Foundation members and board
  • Promote communication within the OSM community
  • Improve tools for supporting OSM membership subscriptions and renewals.

Data Working Group

Main article: Data working group Deals with issues relating to copyright infringement and disputes.

Licence Working Group

Licence and other legal topics.

Local Chapters Working Group

Main article: Foundation/Local Chapters To establish a framework for federated Local Chapters of the Foundation where local or special interest groups are able to set up a formal relationship with the Foundation. Federated groups will also be able to represent themselves to other official bodies such as the Government and media organisations [1] This group is currently looking for local OSM leaders.

Operations Working Group

Deals with issues related to the operation of servers and other related operational matters.

Under construction

Board minutes indicate the founding of a working group for membership services, as a transition from the earlier membership secretary model. Discussion and details Membership Services Working Group

Engineering Working Group (discontinued)

Supports the OSM development community and serves as a technical forum for the discussion and resolution of development-related issues. This working group was discontinued in 2015.



The board as elected at the 2015 AGM:-


Formal meetings normally held monthly and the Board Meeting Minutes are published on the foundation website.


  • To contact the board in normal circumstances please email the secretary using
  • The full board can be emailed using Note that this email alias is not limited to the aforementioned board members, but may also be copied to other parties (currently, Steve Coast and Michael Collinson).
  • The Officers (Kate, Paul and Frederik) can be emailed using


First Name Last Name 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Steve Coast Elected term extended Re-elected term extended term extended CE CE Not elected
Andy Robinson Elected Re-elected Re-elected
George James (aka Etienne Cherdlu) Elected Re-elected not elected
Michael Collinson Elected Re-elected Re-elected
Mikel Maron Elected Re-elected Re-elected term extended Re-elected Elected
Richard Fairhurst Elected Elected term extended
Corey Burger Elected
Nick Black Elected Not elected
Henk Hoff Elected Re-elected term extended term extended Re-elected term extended term extended
Grant Slater Not Elected
Simone Cortesi Not elected Elected term extended
Richard Weait Not elected
Ulf Möller Elected
Peter Miller Not elected
Hurricane Coast (nee McEwen) Not elected
Emilie Laffray Elected
Iván Sánchez Ortega Elected
Oliver Kühn Elected term extended term extended Re-elected term extended
Lars Franke Not elected
Thea Aldrich (nee Clay) Not elected
Kate Chapman Not elected Not elected Not elected Elected term extended term extended
Matt Amos Elected term extended term extended
Dermot McNally Elected term extended Re-elected term extended
Derick Rethans Not elected
Niccolo Rigacci Not elected
Eugene Usvitsky Not elected
Serge Wroclawski Not elected
Alex Barth Not elected
Frederik Ramm Elected term extended Re-elected term extended
Simon Poole Elected term extended
Roland Olbricht not elected
Marek Strassenburg-Kleciak not elected not elected
Kai Krueger not elected
Gregory Marler not elected
Kathleen L. Danielson Elected
Paul Norman Elected term extended
Peter Barth not elected Elected
Randy Meech not elected
Ethan Nelson not elected
Martijn van Exel Elected
Ilya Zverev Elected
Yantisa Akhadi not elected
Wille Marcel not elected
Gonzalo Perez not elected
Ryan Peterson not elected
Joseph Reeves not elected
Douglas Ssebaggala not elected
Guido Stein not elected

Articles of association

The Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association for the OpenStreetMap Foundation are available from the Foundation website.

The AoAs have been revised twice since 2007 1st revision of the OSMF Articles of Association 2nd revision of the OSMF Articles of Association.