What is the Advisory Board?
The Advisory Board is a group of individuals that the OpenStreetMap Foundation Board of Directors may consult on important decisions (either as a group, or as individuals). The Advisory Board can also raise their own issues or suggestions to the OSMF board. Much like an OSMF working group, the Advisory Board does not have a formal role or structure defined by the Articles of Association; to a large degree, the Advisory Board governs itself. The scope of what the Advisory Board discusses and how it organizes is a work in progress.
The Advisory Board consists of one representative each of our Gold and Platinum level corporate members of the OpenStreetMap Foundation, as well as one representative each of all properly established Local Chapters of the Foundation. Membership is optional, organizations may opt out of taking a seat on the Advisory Board.
The OSMF board will also keep a presence on the Advisory Board through one or more OSMF board members. OSMF board will also consider inviting individuals whose knowledge or experience is deemed beneficial to the group. The OSMF Board of Directors has the ultimate say about who may participate in the Advisory Board, and may use this discretion to ensure a positive environment.
Unless and until the Advisory Board itself determines otherwise, discussions in the Advisory Board are private. However, to ensure transparency, the OSMF Board of Directors will publicly minute, in their board meeting minutes, any communication sent to, or received from, the Advisory Board.