OpenStreetMap Foundation

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OpenStreetMap Foundation
Openstreetmap logo.svg
Founded 22 August 2006; 12 years ago (2006-08-22)
Type Company limited by guarantee
Registration no. 05912761
  • St John’s Innovation Centre, Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WS, United Kingdom
Coordinates 52°33′04″N 1°49′07″W / 52.55098°N 1.81860°W / 52.55098; -1.81860Coordinates: 52°33′04″N 1°49′07″W / 52.55098°N 1.81860°W / 52.55098; -1.81860
Expenses £91,607 (expenses for 2011-12)[2]

The OpenStreetMap Foundation is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales on 22 August 2006.[3]

It is a non-profit foundation whose aim is to support and enable the development of freely-reusable geospatial data. As its name suggests, it is closely connected with the OpenStreetMap project, although its constitution does not prevent it supporting other projects.


OSMF is a membership organisation, with all members entitled to vote at a general meeting on foundation activities. OSMF members do not determine how OpenStreetMap itself operates, only the foundation.[clarification needed] Membership is open to all on payment of the membership fee of £15 per year. As of December 2015, there were 701 members.[4]

The foundation is funded by a combination of membership fees and specific larger donations. Notably MapQuest donated $50,000 to the foundation in 2011,[5] and Esri donated an undisclosed amount in 2012.[6]

Since September 2013, the foundation accepted corporate memberships in a "associated member" (non-voting) category. Founding corporate members are Geofabrik, Geotab, Naver, NextGIS and Mapbox.[7]

The foundation is run by a board of seven members, including the foundation's officers: chairman, secretary and treasurer.[8]

In December 2015, the current board was announced:[9]

  • Peter Barth
  • Kate Chapman (Chairperson)
  • Martijn van Exel
  • Mikel Maron
  • Paul Norman (Secretary)
  • Frederik Ramm (Treasurer)
  • Ilya Zverev

The foundation works in partnership with local chapters which coordinate the mapping communities of various countries:[10]

Country Name
 Belgium Open Knowledge Belgium, trading as "OpenStreetMap Belgium"
 France OpenStreetMap France
 Germany FOSSGIS, trading as "OpenStreetMap Deutschland"
 Iceland OpenStreetMap á Íslandi
 Italy Wikimedia Italy, trading as "OpenStreetMap Italia"
  Switzerland Swiss OpenStreetMap Association
 United Kingdom OpenStreetMap United Kingdom

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Membership statistics". OpenStreetMap Foundation. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Finances/Income 2012 - OSMF". Retrieved 2013-08-15.
  3. ^ "Company Details". Companies House. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Membership". OpenStreetMap Foundation. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  5. ^ Coast, Hurricane. "Donation to OSMF by MapQuest/AOL". Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Donation from Esri". Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Corporate Members". Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Officers & Board". OpenStreetMap Foundation. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  9. ^ "Officers & Board".
  10. ^ "Local Chapters". Retrieved 22 September 2018.

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