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==Diversity Statement==

The OpenStreetMap Foundation and the global OpenStreetMap community welcome and encourage participation by everyone. Our community is based on mutual respect, tolerance, and encouragement, and we are working to help each other live up to these principles. We want our community to be more diverse: whoever you are, and whatever your background, we welcome you.

==Diversity Appendix==

We have created this diversity statement because we believe that a diverse OpenStreetMap community is stronger and more vibrant. A diverse community where people treat each other with respect has more potential contributors and more sources for ideas, and will create a better map.

Although we have phrased the formal diversity statement generically to make it all-inclusive, we recognize that there are specific attributes that are used to discriminate against people. In alphabetical order, some of these attributes include (but are not limited to): age, culture, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, national origin, physical or mental difference, politics, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and subculture. We welcome people regardless of the values of these or other attributes.

The OpenStreetMap community welcomes people no matter what languages they are fluent in. (Although core OpenStreetMap work is done in English.) The OpenStreetMap Foundation encourages the creation of local chapters everywhere, and many of them are listed [ on our wiki]. Many of these chapters also have mailing lists in the locally preferred language.

The writers of these guidelines are deeply indebted to the [ Python Software Foundation].

The text above was voted on by the OSMF Board during the 2020-01 meeting. It was copied from after the meeting to create a more permanent record as part of the official minutes. The current version of the statement is published on the Diversity Statement page.