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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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  • Keep OpenStreetMap's servers running.
  • Influence the future direction of the project.
  • Support our volunteer working groups.
  • Enjoy discounts to OSM events.
  • Show your support for OpenStreetMap.


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.

Companies/organisations can also join with Corporate membership.

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 and Communities 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 working group was reactivated and renamed in November 2019.
LCCWG 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 2019 AGM:

Name Election OSMuser link
Tobias Knerr elected in 2018 User icon 2.svgTordanik (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.)
Mikel Maron re-elected in 2019 System-users-3.svgMikel (mikelmaron on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.)
Rory McCann elected in 2019 System-users-3.svgRorym (᚛ᚏᚒᚐᚔᚏᚔᚋ᚜ 🏳️‍🌈 on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.)
Allan Mustard, Chairperson elected in 2019 System-users-3.svgapm-wa (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.)
Paul Norman re-elected in 2017 System-users-3.svgPnorman (pnorman on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.)
Guillaume Rischard, Treasurer elected in 2019 System-users-3.svgStereo (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.)
Joost Schouppe, Secretary elected in 2018 System-users-3.svgJoost_schouppe (joost schouppe on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.)

Board members' biographic sketches can be found here.


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

General Meetings

Typically there is a once per year general meeting that includes the board elections. Information on past meetings can be found on the OSMF website.

Upcoming general meeting in December 2020: Foundation/AGM20


  • 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.

History by year of election

First Name Last Name 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Steve Coast   elected term extended re-elected term extended term extended CE CE not elected   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 term extended re-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 re-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 re-elected term extended 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   not elected
Kathleen L. Danielson     elected  
Paul Norman     elected term extended term extended re-elected term extended term extended
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 elected
Darafei Praliaskouski     not elected  
Heather Leson     elected term extended  
David Dean     not elected  
Joost Schouppe     not elected elected term extended
Tobias Knerr     elected term extended
Jo Walsh     not elected  
Miriam Gonzales     not elected  
Geoffrey Kateregga     not elected  
Nuno Caldeira     not elected not elected
Jinal Foflia     not elected
Rory McCann     elected
Michal Migurski     not elected
Allan Mustard     elected
Dietmar Seifert     not elected
Clifford Snow     not elected
Eugene Alvin Villar     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 three times since 2007:

Public filings

The company files its accounts and other information required under English company law to Companies House in London. You can read the company's file here.


See Foundation/Surveys.