Advisory Board

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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.


Advisory Board members communicate via a dedicated mailing list. 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.

Communications so far

In 2017, the OSMF Board of Directors asked the Advisory Board for input on the Welcome_Mat_to_organisations. Key feedback received was to avoid making a separate site, to expand the about page, to modify the navigation header and to choose a name that will not be problematic for people who do not have English as a native language.

In January 2018, the OSMF Board of Directors invited the Advisory Board to contribute to the draft of the Welcome Mat.

Current Members of the Advisory Board and their Affiliations

Affiliation Name
Apple (To be determined)
Bing Jubal Harpster
Esri Andrew Turner
Facebook Drishtie Patel
Mapbox Marc Prioleau
Mapzen Nathaniel Kelso
OpenStreetMap á Íslandi Jóhannes Birgir Jensson
OpenStreetMap Deutschland / FOSSGIS Christoph Hormann
OpenStreetMap France Christian Quest
OpenStreetMap Italia Stefano Sabatini
OpenStreetMap United Kingdom Rob Nickerson
Swiss OpenStreetMap Association Roman Härdi