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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 official 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.


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. Working Groups are composed of volunteers and are always looking for new members. The following working groups are currently active:-

Communication Working Group

  • Supports and maintains the OSM Foundation website
  • Supports and maintains communication tools between OSM Foundation members and board
  • Promotes communication within the OSM community
  • Improves tools for supporting OSM membership subscriptions and renewals.

CWG official webpage

Data Working Group

Main article: Data working group

Deals with issues relating to copyright infringement and disputes.
DWG official webpage

Engineering Working Group

In its current form the EWG coordinates the "Google Summer of Code" projects.
EWG official webpage

The EWG supported the OSM development community and servesd as a technical forum for the discussion and resolution of development-related issues. This working group was discontinued in 2015 and reactivated with in a different form in 2017.

Licence Working Group

Licence and other legal topics.
LWG official webpage

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 inactive.
LCWG official webpage

Membership Working Group

The Membership Working Group is charged with:

  • Administering the membership database
  • Answering routine membership queries
  • Increasing OSMF Membership

The Membership Working Group is not charged with:

  • Membership of Local Chapters
  • Corporate members

Placeholder: Membership Services Working Group.
MWG official webpage

Operations Working Group

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

State of the Map Working Group

Is responsible for the organization and execution of the annual OpenStreetMap Foundation Conference "The State of the Map". Please note that regional SotMs (such as SotM-Asia, SotM-Africa, SotM-LatAm and others) are organised exclusively by local teams, which run their own sponsorship programs and have separate budgets from the OpenStreetMap Foundation.
SotM-WG official webpage



The board after the 2017 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.
  • The Officers (Kate, Martijn and Frederik) can be emailed using


First Name Last Name 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
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 term extended term extended
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 Re-elected 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 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 term extended Re-elected
Peter Barth                 not elected Elected term extended term extended
Randy Meech                 not elected      
Ethan Nelson                 not elected      
Martijn van Exel                   Elected term extended term extended
Ilya Zverev                   Elected term extended  
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    
Guillaume Rischard                     not elected not elected
Darafei Praliaskouski                     not elected  
Heather Leson                       Elected
David Dean                       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.