FOSS Policy Special Committee

We promote the use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) within OpenStreetMap.

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What we do

The committee is tasked with implementing the FOSS Policy.

The specific tasks of the committee are:

  • Conduct an inventory of free and non-free tools (report to the board of directors)
  • Propose concrete alternative solutions for non-free software
  • Raise awareness around the topic of Software Freedom and Open culture

Inventory 2020

Join us

Everybody is welcome to join and support the initiative! Contact us over email or IRC, please introduce yourself and share your motivation to take part in promoting FOSS in OSM.

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About special committees

Board rules of order:

6. Special committees are formed to deal with backlog and future Board action items in an expeditious manner, by studying and recommending actions on issues, or to handle a time delimited set of topics. They are not standing Committees, but deal with a delimited set of tasks.
7. A special committee is proposed and approved or rejected by the Board. A proposal includes a list of the specific tasks the special committee will undertake, and when it will report back to the Board.
8. The work of a special committee is initiated by a board member. Other board members, members of the Foundation and community may be invited to the special committee if deemed helpful and appropriate. The chair may be anyone sitting on the special committee.