Foundation/Core Values

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The following core values of the foundation, and of the OpenStreetMap community in general, were drafted in 2010/2011.

  • Assume good intent on the part of other mappers
  • Open to all within the spirit of the Open Definition
  • Ground-truthed data is the USP of OSM and always preferred
  • The software running the core of OSM is open-source
  • Do-ocracy. We value and listen to those who make OSM amazing, whether it be through coding or mapping. We iterate towards excellence rather than spending years in planning. Actions speak louder than words.
  • Decentralised. OSM is not a hierarchical organisation; almost everything can be done without need for central sanction or even post-hoc approval.
  • Remember that you are mapping in a large community - don't be jealous about "your" contributions and do be prepared to engage with other mappers.
  • Our most important goal is to make excellent maps geo-data available as widely as possible for free
  • We aim for the geo-data collected to be accessible and easy to work with for both data contributors as well as data users.

In April 2015 the foundation board is leading a renewed discussion of our values

Related / similar docs

  • core values discussion - involves separate document
  • How We Map - A similar "values" document, but perhaps more oriented at the mapping process
  • Good Practice - A set of practical specific guidelines about data representation. For country-specific tagging see [[:Category:Tagging guidelines by country}}
  • Community Code of Conduct (Draft) - About how we treat each other in the community (and use of contact channels)