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.
As a company we have a board of directors and meet regularly with our community to discuss priorities and projects. You can find out more via the following links:
Having built the basic organisation in Year 1 (2017-18), Year 2 (2018-19) concentrates on promoting OSMUK at every suitable opportunity and to every suitable target audience.
We are still a very young organisation and it was difficult to set hard targets.
In 2018-19, amongst other things, we will:
- Promote Quarterly Projects outside of OSM channels
- Run a meetup event (aligned with an ODI node or similar existing group)
- Focus on developers and website builders as the main groups. Additional focus groups to be aligned with Quarterly Projects.
- Get the Talent Directory set up so that we are ready to link people to projects if requested
- Improve the website, focusing on helping people navigate existing content, rather than new content creation
- Develop a list of projects that are of academic interest