Members of the Foundation are entitled to vote in the affairs of the Foundation. They have no special say in how the OpenStreetMap project is run, just the running of the Foundation. Anyone who wants to influence the activities of the Foundation is welcome to join. You do not have to be a member in order to use or contribute to OpenStreetMap.
With the acceptance of the new Articles of Association at the AGM in 2013 the OSMF has now the following membership classes
Normal Members are members as mentioned in the UK Companies Act. These members have to submit their full name and residential address in our register of members. While OSMF will not actively publish the register, it can be inspected by the public as per the UK Companies Act. Also, normal members are liable for up to £1 (one) if the Foundation is wound up.
Normal membership is available to all natural persons. The membership fee is £15 per year and enables you to influence the direction of OpenStreetMap by being able to vote in elections for officers of the foundation.
Associate Members are NOT members as mentioned in the UK Companies Act. These members have to submit their name (or OSM username) and country of residence in our register of associate members. This register cannot be inspected by the general public, but only by the members (normal and associate) of the OSM Foundation.
Associate membership is available to all natural persons. The membership fee is £15 per year and they may vote just as normal members, but subject to the limitations of section 76 of the Articles of Association.
Corporate Members are Associate Members without voting rights. This membership class is open to companies and organisations (not "natural persons"). The membership fee is £1,000 per year.
All classes of members may also get discounts on some OSMF organised events (such as the State of the Map conference).
A natural person can only be either a normal or an associate member at the same time; not both.
Be aware that changing from normal membership to associate membership does not strike your address information out of the the normal membership register. When you cease to be member of the Foundation the end date of your membership will be added to the register; other information will be kept in the register.
Membership application may be initiated here.
If you have any questions about membership, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .