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This is the official page for OpenStreetMap U.S., a 501(c)(3) charity advocating and supporting OpenStreetMap in the United States. OpenStreetMap U.S. is a local chapter of the OpenStreetMap Foundation. Some of the United States OSM community resources are found on the OpenStreetMap U.S. website.


We strive to support the OpenStreetMap project in the United States through fostering awareness, ensuring broad availability of data, continuous quality improvement, and an active community.


Main article: Foundation/Local Chapters/United States/History

OpenStreetMap U.S. was first proposed in 2009 and was incorporated on April 19, 2010, in Washington, D.C. The inaugural State of the Map U.S. conference took place in August 2010.

In September 2020, OpenStreetMap U.S. officially became a local chapter of the OpenStreetMap Foundation.

How can you participate?

Map in OpenStreetMap

Contribute to OSM through mapping parties, individual mapping and OSM editing, and local mapping events like our Mapathons!

Become a member of OpenStreetMap US

Join OpenStreetMap U.S. as a member

  • Regular Member: This is our main membership tier. As a Regular member, you able to vote for the OpenStreetMap US board, are given a 20% discount to the annual State of the Map US conference, and receive regular updates about the organization.
  • Supporting Member: As a supporting member, your additional gift sustains our work to educate, engage, & connect through OpenStreetMap. Supporting members can vote for the OSM US Board and receive a 25% discount to all paid OSM US events.
  • Donor Member: As a Donor member, your support is the foundation of our membership program. Donor members can vote for the OSM US Board and receive a 30% discount to all paid OSM US events. We are grateful for your support!
  • Student Member: We offer a $5 membership discount to students. At this tier you are able to vote for the OSM US board and receive a 20% discount to the State of the Map US conference.

Volunteer for a committee or at an upcoming event

Get in touch to volunteer or support!

Attend or lead a Virtual Event

Visit our Events page to find or add an event near you!


State of the Map US

The State of the Map US (SOTMUS) conference is the annual, regional conference for OpenStreetMap in the United States. Organized by OpenStreetMap US it has been held each year since 2010. Please note that regional SotMs like SOTMUS are organised exclusively by local teams, which run their own sponsorship programs and have separate budgets from the OpenStreetMap Foundation. Interested in hosting the next event? Learn more on the State of the Map US Planning page!

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The State of the Map US conferences edit


TeachOSM is a chartered project of OpenStreetMap US with the aim of promoting the use of OpenStreetMap to teach geography. Learn more on the wiki page or visit the TeachOSM website.

Working groups & Committees

The Code of Conduct Committee was organized in January 2020.

The Local Working Group was organized to support local groups and activities but is not currently active. For a great list of Local OSM Groups see WikiProject United States. There are groups in over 20 major cities across the United States.

Technical resources

OpenStreetMap U.S. offers server access to interested parties. Please get in touch with Ian Dees for access. The servers are currently used to host and TopOSM. Hosting costs are donated by and OSU's Open Source Lab.

Server specifications can be seen on the Servers subpage.


Visit the Events page for opportunities!

Mappy Hours: OpenStreetMap US is hosting various remote "Mappy Hours" on different topics, usually every other week.


Executive Director

Maggie Cawley has served as the Executive Director since stepping down from the Board of Directors in 2019. [1]

Previous executive directors:

  • Jaye Matthews (2018) [2]

Board of Directors

Board of Directors for 2021–2022: [3]

See a list of previous boards and a board election history.


The Board of Directors and Executive Director hold hour-long meetings once a month. (Until 2017, the meetings were held weekly.) By default, monthly board meetings are not open to the general public, but if you are interested in joining a particular meeting, please e-mail in advance. We conduct board meetings in Google Meet, which requires a Google account. Minutes are published after they are approved at the following meeting.

Annual General Meetings are held as part of State of the Map U.S. OSMUS also holds periodic town hall–style meetings, including before each board election, that are open to the general public.

Financial reports

Contact OpenStreetMap U.S. for financial information.

Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws

The OpenStreetMap U.S. is incorporated as of April 19, 2010.

Code of Conduct

In May 2020, OpenStreetMap US adopted a new code of conduct and moderation process prepared by the CoC Committee and reviewed by the U.S. community:

External links