While our other pages focus on OpenStreetMap and the UK community, this section provides details related to our not for profit Community Interest Company (C.I.C). So, why was there a need to set up a company?
Since its humble beginnings in the UK in 2004 the OpenStreetMap project has grown to become a global phenomenon. From the international OpenStreetMap Foundation, to local communities such as those here in the UK, OpenStreetMap is supported by numerous organisations and groups.
Despite this, until 2017, there has been no legal entity representing the needs of the OpenStreetMap community in the UK. This made it harder to access funding, engage with stakeholders (especially those who are are more used to engaging with organisations), sell merchandise, or provide services.
So, welcome to OpenStreetMap United Kingdom C.I.C; we’re here to undertake activities which benefit the community.