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. 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 Esridonated 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

See also

  • Open Knowledge International


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  2. Jump up^ “Finances/Income 2012 – OSMF”. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
  3. Jump up^ “Company Details”. Companies House. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  4. Jump up^ “Membership”. OpenStreetMap Foundation. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  5. Jump up^ Coast, Hurricane. “Donation to OSMF by MapQuest/AOL”. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  6. Jump up^ “Donation from Esri”. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  7. Jump up^ “Corporate Members”. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  8. Jump up^ “Officers & Board”. OpenStreetMap Foundation. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  9. Jump up^ “Officers & Board”.

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