2020 Annual General Meeting and board election updates


The 14th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the OpenStreetMap Foundation will be held online in the IRC chat room #osmf-gm on the IRC network irc.oftc.net, at 16:00 UTC on Saturday, 12 December 2020 (join via browser).
The agenda will be available at: https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Annual_General_Meetings/2020#Agenda

OSMF members can now put themselves forward for election by adding their information at https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Foundation/AGM20/Election_to_Board#Candidates (please check the eligibility criteria). Deadline: November 7 (end of).
You can add your questions to board candidates at the OSM wiki (you need to have or register for an OSM wiki account).

If you are an OSMF member, information about email voting will be sent in due course, and voting will open one week before the AGM.

The information below is also available with more links at https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Foundation/AGM20/Election_to_Board


The Annual General Meeting will have a board election, with three seats available. There are seven seats on the foundation board.

If you want more information about what the board does and does not do, https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Mission_Statement#Scope_of_the_OSMF_board has an overview of the scope. A lot of the foundation’s work is done by working groups, and if you want to help the foundation, you can look at joining those. The election’s OSM wiki page has links with additional information.

Questions to candidates

We will have a structured question gathering process, like last year. Mike Collinson will facilitate the process.

  • We invite community members to post their questions to https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Foundation/AGM20/Election_to_Board by the end of November 10 (you need to have or register for an OSM wiki account).
  • Mike Collinson (facilitator) will gather the questions, organise them and will publish an official set for the candidates on the same wiki page.
  • Candidates are then kindly asked to submit their answers and manifestos directly to the facilitator and cc the administrative assistant (email addresses here). It’s up to the candidates to answer all the questions or just a few of them. Our suggestion is to answer all of them.
  • When all candidates have submitted their answers, there will be a given date when all answers/manifestos will be published at once.
  • Then discussion commences, preferably until 5 December 16:00 UTC, when voting opens.

We expect this to be the official election campaign process. We won’t restrict OSMF members to continue to talk on our members’ mailing list nor will we restrict candidates to continue discussions, but we don’t encourage them to do so. The official answers and questions thereof should be what voters use to judge.


Michael Collinson was active 2006-2014ish as a board member, board secretary, SotM and chair of the License Working Group. More recently, he acted as an
election observer for HOT and OSM US. Active mapper from 2005 till now.

Voting - election to board

To vote, you need to be a member or associate OSMF member throughout the period of 90 days prior to the date of the meeting. If your membership
has lapsed, will lapse soon or your status needs updating, please handle it now.

Voting will be organised in a similar way to previous years. Voting members will receive an email from the on-line voting service with links to the on-line
ballot for each ballot measure. The election will be carried out under single transferable vote rules (STV). Each foundation member will cast their vote by
ranking candidates according to their preference. A maximum of three will be elected.

Voting information and instructions will be at: https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Annual_General_Meetings/2020/Voting_Information_and_Instructions

Voting on changes to the Articles of Association or other changes

Key dates

Reference pages

warm greetings,