OpenStreetMap US is excited to announce that we have applied to become an official Local Chapter of the OpenStreetMap Foundation. OSM US was founded in 2010 to hold the first annual State of the Map US. Over the past 10 years, our community has actively contributed to the global community and grown alongside the project.

Community is the backbone of OpenStreetMap. OSM US believes that becoming a formal Local Chapter will be a positive step forward for the organization and our community. Last year, OSM US revived conversations with the OSMF to become a formal Local Chapter. Thanks to the work and patience of the OSMF and OSM US Board members, we were able to adapt the Local Chapter Agreement to the needs of the community in the United States in the form of a revised agreement that we hope can also benefit other Local Chapters around the world. OpenStreetMap US has since submitted our application documents, and the application will be open to public comment in the coming weeks. You can read more about the process here.

OpenStreetMap US looks forward to the next chapter and working more closely with other Chapter leaders and the OSMF to collaboratively grow and support the OpenStreetMap community, as an official Local Chapter.

Have questions or comments? We’d love to hear from you. Reach out via Slack or send an email to team@openstreetmap.us.

Header Photo Credit: Justin R. Miller. State of the Map US 2013.

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