Established as non-profit "Community Interest Company" in 2017. Incorporated as a Local Chapter at State of the Map 2017
Organisation minutes are publicly available.
- Increase the quality and quantity of data about the UK in OpenStreetMap.
- Improve and increase the size, skills, toolsets and cohesion of the OpenStreetMap community in the United Kingdom.
- Promote and facilitate the use of OpenStreetMap data by individuals and organisations in the United Kingdom.
- Promote and facilitate the release by organisations in the United Kingdom of data that is suitable for use in OpenStreetMap.
As of Feb 2019:
- The UK Quarterly Project
- 3D and dashcam rental
- Talent Directory connecting developers and training providers with customers
- Liaising with the Open Data Institute (ODI)
- Liaising with Transport for London over cycle network data
- Entered a response to the 2018 UK Geospatial Commission Call for Evidence. “OpenStreetMap’s response to the UK Geospatial Commission call for evidence”. 28-Oct-2018. Retrieved 9-Feb-2019.
- Mapping for Northampton University Waterside Campus. “University of Northampton’s new Waterside Campus mapped”. 11-Jan-2019. Retrieved 9-Feb-2019.
- Reinvigorating the UK areas of the OSM Wiki
- selling Hi-Vis 'surveyor' vests
- Early days:
- Community survey:
- To measure interest a survey was distributed. Results here.
- 2015-12-17 (minutes)(this page did not exist yet)
- Initial kick off meeting in which we discussed ideas of what the group could focus on, the region it should cover, the temporary name (project name), and volunteers for the initial working group.
- 2016-01-27 (minutes + /Minutes/2016-01-27) (this page at time of meeting)
- Discussed the objectives and legal structure. Jerry shared early research on Constitution.
- 2016-03-17 (minutes)
- Initial discussion on Articles of Association
- 2016-04-21 (notes)
- Worked on the Articles of Association including topics related to the AGM and Directors General Authority.
GB/UK group naming question
It was agreed that whilst the naming question wasn't entirely settled we would go with the "UK" project code name, while other organisation-forming activities take place. However OSMUK is rapidly bedding in as a name. Unlikely to change now.
The naming of a Great Britain / UK group ("Group" becoming local "Chapter" organisation), and its geographic coverage, has presented a tricky quandary for some time. Arguably it's rather distracting, hence the decision to proceed with the "OSMUK" name, but some aspects of these questions will need resolving.
GB? England? UK?
We see some level of organisation (wiki pages and twitter accounts) springing up around London and Mappa Mercia. There was talk of a "north england" area, and "Bristol". City sized organisation is good, but for a Chapter organisation we probably want a larger "country level" area drawing on a larger volunteer pool., and (ireland), these could form into chapters of their own, if that was best way to organise things. We also have OSM
Harry Wood had the twitter accountwhich he donated to the OSMUK organisation.
OSMGB name clash
Another organisation bagged the name OSMGB related to OpenStreetMap in Britain, but not attempting to be a community chapter. OSMGB as a project has wound down completely now. The domain name osmgb.org.uk was originally owned by them, but is now lost (owned by domain squatters). The twitter account is held by OSMGB.
GB vs UK summary
|domain||osmgb.org.uk domain was owned by OSMGB and they were willing to transfer ownership, but have since let it lapse (gone)|
|would need to be transferred from OSMGB folk (They are willing)||- Already owned by Harry (and already set-up with grouptweet)|
|mailing list||Called 'talk-gb' ...and presumably can't easily be renamed|
|forum||called united kingdom|
|wiki||UK wiki page could be renamed||WikiProject United Kingdom is the current page name|
|G+||GB G+ community|
|The Irish||Doesn't include Ireland||Technically "UK" includes Northern Ireland. Could be stated to be not included|
|The Scottish||Includes Scotland (which already has an organisation)||Includes Scotland (which already has an organisation)|
|ISO correctness||GB is the UK's ISO 3166 country code||.UK is the top level domain name (despite the iso standard. Because we're awkward like that)|
|Wikimedia chapter||They called it wikimedia UK. And since they tend to debate things pretty thoroughly, this is saying something|